India sits at the top of the medals tally on second day of South Asian Games

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12th South Asian Games logoGUWAHATI- The 2nd day of the 12th South Asian Games saw the dominance of India in most of the sporting events. At the time of filing the report, the host nation sits at the top of the medals tally with 14 Gold medals and 5 Silver followed by Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Damini Gowda of India bagged the gold in the 100 m Women Butterfly Stroke Swimming event. K A Hiruni Perera and Machiko Raheem of Sri Lanka bagged Silver and Bronze respectively in the same event. Matthew Abeysinghe of Sri Lanka continued his dominance in Swimming, bagging the Gold in the 100 m Butterfly Stroke event. Gururaja of India bagged Gold in the 56 Kg category in the Men’s weightlifting event while the Wrestling contingent bagged a total of 5 Gold in various categories.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of 12th South Asian Games, Shri Injeti Srinivas has said, Guwahati and Shillong will put all-out efforts to ensure it to be the best-ever South Asian Games held so far.

Briefing the media at the Sarusajai Athletic Stadium Conference hall here today, he said that all quarters including representatives of host and participating countries have appreciated the efforts put by the Games organizers for a glittering, grand and successful opening ceremony last evening.  He said it demonstrated the power of sports which highlighted the unifying factors for peace, progress and prosperity amongst the South Asian nations. The North East region’s rich diversity also featured in the opening ceremony.

The CEO said efforts have been made to put all results in the website of the SAG within five minutes of the declaration of the results. He said that Doordarshan is covering all the events live and providing feeds to all our participating countries including private channels of host nations.

Responding to media feedback, the CEO said that the profiles of athletes will be uploaded in the SAG website very shortly and said that measures are already in place to tackle any issues which may arise during the period of the Games. He appreciated the efforts taken by the District administration of Guwahati for their cooperation in all these matters.

Speaking on the issues of the participation of the Afghanistan contingent, the CEO informed the media that within a day’s time, the Indian Government brought in 184 athletes from Afghanistan to Guwahati using a special chartered flight. The action was taken in an unprecedented move by the Government of India, in keeping with the spirit of the Games.

Mr. Srinivas said security in all venues including hotels are being placed at the highest standard. The CEO also informed the media that there will be a press briefing daily at 4:30 pm at the conference hall of the Sarusajai Athletic Stadium, Guwahati.

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