According to sources in the Indian Olympic Association, 2016 Olympic silver medallist Sindhu’s rising stature in recent years clinched the issue in her favour for the coveted position.
Having won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics two years ago, the Hyderabad-based World No 3 Sindhu is one of the favourites to win the badminton women’s singles title in Gold Coast.
In the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, Sindhu bagged a bronze in women’s singles.
In the last three Commonwealth Games, the prestigious position during the march past of the opening ceremony had always gone to a member of the shooting squad.
In 2006 Melbourne Games, India’s flag-bearer was double trap shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who is currently the sports minister.
While pistol shooter Vijay Kumar was the flag-bearer in 2014, 2008 Olympic champion shooter Abhinav Bindra had the honour when India hosted the Games in 2010.
India has competed in fourteen of the eighteen previous Commonwealth Games; starting at the second Games in 1934. India has also hosted the games one time.
India hosted the Games in 2010, at Delhi. It was India’s most successful Commonwealth Games to date with Indian athletes winning 38 gold, 27 silver and 36 bronze medals.
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, India ended its campaign with a total of 64 medals (15 Golds, 30 Silvers, 19 Bronzes). India’s first ever Commonwealth medal was won by Rashid Anwar who won a bronze in Welterweight category of Wrestling.