Pune, Oct 11 (UNI) With Saina Nehwal in badminton, Virdhawal Khade in swimming, Neha Aggarwal in table tennis and Yuki Bhambri in tennis, the Indians are expected to glitter in the 3rd Commonwealth Youth Games which will get underway at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi here tomorrow.
The Youth Games, which are a trial and a run-up to the Commonwealth Games which will be held in Delhi in 2010 will see the participation of 71 countries, with over 1,300 athletes and 350 officials expected to take part in the nine disciplines - Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling.
The CYG's claims of being the best organised games has already gone for a toss with the press accredition and other facilities being nowhere near world standards. Infact, till late today evening with the opening ceremony less than 24 hours away, the scribes, instead of looking to file stories, were fighting with the organisers to get their accreditions done in time.
However, on the field, India is looking to dominate the games with quite a few top players deciding to participate in this event.
The country is looking for nothing less than gold from badminton sensation Saina Nehwal, who however, is not taking it easy and expects tough competition.
Another Indian star who participated in the 2008 Olympics, Virdhawal Khade, who will be India's flag bearer during the opening ceremony, is confident of bagging atleast five gold medals for the country.
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Suresh Kalmadi, who is the man behind the move to get the Commonwealth Games to India, and the person behind getting the Balewadi complex upto world standards for the CYG, is upbeat about India's chances stating that he expects gold medals from Indian athletes in tennis, table tennis, badminton and swimming.
Apart from the athletes, team officials and Games technical Conduct Officials, there will be representatives from the National and International Federations alongwith the representatives of Print and Electronic media.
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