New Delhi, 23rd September, 2023: The much-awaited 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 is here and the excitement surrounding it continues to grow. For India, 655 athletes have been selected to represent the country at the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022. With India sending one of their biggest contingents to the Asian Games, it is their best chance yet to take the medal tally into three figures for the first time with the support of a billion hearts.
Eight athletes from the DreamGold program by the Dream Sports Foundation have qualified for the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022. These include: Pranavi Urs (Golf), Sreeja Akula (Table Tennis), Nethra Kumanan (Sailing), Ishwariya Ganesh (Sailing), Advait Page (Swimming), KM Chanda (Athletics-800m), Jyothi Surekha Vennam (Compound Archery) and Bharath Pereira (Sport Climbing).
Dream Sports Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dream Sports, India’s leading sports technology company with brands such as Dream11, FanCode and DreamSetGo in its portfolio on Saturday sent their best wishes to the Indian contingent for the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022, Asia’s biggest sporting extravaganza, which is all set to kick-off on Saturday, 23rd September, 2023.
Padma Vibhushan & 2012 London Olympic Bronze medalist and advisor to DSF, M.C Mary Kom, said she is confident that the Tricolour will fly at the grand stage. In her message, she said, “I would like to extend my best wishes to the contingent for the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022. I am sure that their hard work and the efforts put in by them over the past years will bear fruit and they will scale new heights and bring back laurels for the country. All of these athletes have had a stellar season in the lead up to the Asian Games and I am looking forward to seeing these young athletes making a name for themselves in their respective event.”
Former Indian football team captain and advisor to DSF Bhaichung Bhutia also wished the contingent as they set to take the stage. He said, “The Asian Games are the pinnacle of sporting excellence in Asia. All of the athletes have put in years of dedication, hard work and it is their continuous perseverance in their sporting journey that has taken them to the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022. I am looking forward to seeing Indian athletes make a mark on the international stage. As they prepare to etch their names in history, my best wishes are with them. Interestingly, 50% of the Indian contingent are women. We should build on this going forward”
Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer and administrator, Dilip Vengsarkar also wished the athletes. He said, “This Asian Games will be especially special for me considering Cricket is coming back after 2014. The entire country is eagerly looking forward to this edition of the Asian Games and will be cheering loudly for you all.”
Bhavit Sheth, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder of Dream Sports, said, “”This year, India is sending the biggest contingent ever to the Asian Games. Dream Sports salutes their passion, dedication and perseverance. On behalf of the entire Dream Sports family and Dream Sports Foundation, we wish them the very best. Let their achievements inspire us to becoming a true sporting nation and fuel the dreams of generations to come.”
About DreamGold program: The flagship Long Term Athlete Development Program identifies young athletes with potential and provides them with customised and structured support to further their careers. Along with Go Sports, our implementation partners, we are supporting 20 elite athletes across 11 sports disciplines.
About Dream Sports Foundation: Dream Sports Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Dream Sports, India’s leading sports technology company with brands such as Dream11, FanCode, and DreamSetGo in its portfolio. DSF’s vision is to build a better tomorrow for the Indian sports ecosystem via strategic and impactful interventions across grassroots and elite segments. One of DSF’s key sports initiatives is ‘DreamGold’, a long-term elite athlete development program which aims to identify talented athletes and provide holistic support towards their competitive careers. To support young, promising athletes, DSF has also curated long lasting and impactful partnerships with Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation, Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools and the Dilip Vengsarkar Foundation.