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40-strong Indian contingent for Deaflympics

india Updated: Sep 01, 2009 16:40 IST

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A 40-strong Indian contingent on Tuesday left for the Taipei City to participate in the 21st Deaflympics scheduled from September 5 to 15.

"This year we are very hopeful of winning medals in many disciplines for India," said Neha Ohri, an official of the Indian delegation.

"Virender Singh has a very good chance to win a gold medal in wrestling as he was the gold medallist winner at the last Deaflympics and he also won a silver in World Games in Armenia," she added at a send-off party hosted by the Taipei Cultural Centre.

Other hopefuls are Radha Takoni for swimming and 40 years Babloo Khatana from Haryana, the oldest contestant, who has won silver medals in Hammer throw in previous editions.

The Deaflympics are built on 85 years of tradition. The first games, known as the International Silent Games, were held in 1924 in Paris. The Games are being held in Asia for the first time.

The Deaflympics are the world's second oldest multiple sports games after the Olympics. A total of 85 countries with 4262 athletes and officials have confirmed participation in Taipei.

Athletes will compete in 177 different events in 17 sports with 20 disciplines.