CWG 2022: Commonwealth Games 2022 started off in style for team India as one of its 215-member contingent Shiva Thapa wins the first round of the Boxing beating his arch-rival Pakistan’s Suleman Baloch in a one-sided contest in Birmingham.
Shiva from the start looked in dominating touch giving no time to his Pakistan counterpart to revive in the latter half of the match. After winning comfortably in the first round, Thapa received some tough punches from Baloch subsequently but it was Thapa who came out as the winner in the next round too.
Bronze medalist in the 2015 World Games, Thapa sustained his leading show and raced to an emphatic 5-0 win. Pakistan’s Baloch didn’t stand a chance against a motivated Indian champion.
After registering the win, Thapa has now advanced on to round 16 and is all set to face the 2021 World Bronze medalist, Reese Lynch
It was another superior show by the defending champions India, led by Manika Batra after she registered a 3-0 win over the South African team to continue their dominance in Table Tennis.
In the 2018 Gold Coast Games, India won gold in the Table Tennis contest.
Manika Batra was all over South Africa’s Musfiquh Kalam beating her by 11-5, 11-3, and 11-2 in straight games in real quick time.
After Manika Batra’s dominant show against Kalam, Sreeja Akula too handed Danisha Patel a straight loss by 11-5, 11-3, and 11-6.
Now, India will face Fiji in the second tie of group 2 women’s table tennis event where Fiji will come up after losing to Guyana by 0-3.