Indian hockey captain Rani Rampal named flag bearer at Asian Games 2018 closing ceremony

first_imgIndia women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal will be leading the Indian contingent at the 2018 Asian Games closing ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta on Sunday.”Rani will be the flag-bearer for tomorrow’s ceremony,” Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra told PTI.Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was India’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony. Chopra went on to win the gold medal comfortably. Chopra managed a personal best throw of 88.06 to secure India’s first-ever gold medal in javelin throw at the Asian Games and the first medal in the sport since 1982, where India bagged bronze.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSMany of India’s 550-plus athletes have gone back home after the end of their respective events and the choice of the closing ceremony flag-bearer was based on the availability of the athletes at the Games Village.Its a matter of great pride for me to be the flag bearer of our contingent during the closing ceremony of Asian Games today. I would like to thank IOA @ioaindia @TheHockeyIndia for giving me this opportunity. pic.twitter.com/0NphaDCGd7 Rani Rampal (@imranirampal) September 2, 2018Skipper Rani led India to silver in the women’s hockey event, after losing 1-2 in the final against Japan. She led India to their first final in 20 years, scoring three goals in the tournament.READ – India take silver after losing to JapanHockey India congratulates @imranirampal, the Captain of the Indian Womens Hockey Team, who will be holding up the tricolour for the Indian contingent during the closing ceremony of the @asiangames2018 in Jakarta & Palembang on 2nd September. #IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/COoox6bf07advertisementHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) September 1, 2018India finished their Asian Games 2018 campaign with 69 medals including 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze. The 23-year-old, who is coming back from an injury, was in tears after the final even though it was not such a bad result considering the team had got bronze four years ago at Incheon.India surpassed their previous best ever performance at the Asian Games, of 65 medals, which they had achieved at Guangzhou in China back in 2010. India had won 14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze medals 8 years ago.READ – India sign off with best ever medal haul in their Asian Games historyIndia also equalled their best ever tally of gold medals by winning 15 yellow metals, emulating their 1951 New Delhi performance. Interestingly this was also India’s best in terms of silver medals won — 24. In the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, India had managed 19 silver medals.In the Incheon Games 2014, India had won 57 medals (11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze).READ- India record best-ever medal haul: All the medalsMany international and Indonesian superstars will be performing at the closing ceremony, just like the opening ceremony. Superstars like Isyana Sarasvati, iKon, Ran, Denada, GIGI, Dira Sugandi, will take the stage.More than 10,000 athletes gave their best at the Asian Games 2018, winning medals for their respective countries. 465 gold medals were won by the athletes of 28 countries. 37 out of 45 participating nations were able to win medals at the Asian Games 2018. China finished on top of the medal tally with 132 gold medals.The ceremony will be live from 17:30 IST.(With inputs from PTI)last_img

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