The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has unveiled the uniquely designed ceremonial dress for the national contingent that will compete at the upcoming Asian Games, scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China from September 23 to October 8.
The ceremonial dress includes a khaki textured saree for women while a khaki kurta for the male members.
On Tuesday evening, the IOA had organized a glittering send-off ceremony, which was attended by the Union sports minister Anurag Singh Thakur, IOA President PT Usha along with other senior officials.
On the other hand, the Indian contingent was represented by star hockey goalkeepers PR Sreejesh (men), Savita Punia (women), ace shooter Manu Bhaker and the 2018 Asian Games shot put gold medalist Tajinderpal Toor among athletes from other disciplines.
Notably, the dress has been designed by the National Institute of Fashion Technology.
Speaking on the occasion Thakur said: “It’s not just a uniform; it’s a symbol of pride and identity for our athletes. The uniform proudly represents India’s self-reliance and showcases the country’s diverse heritage and design leadership. I am confident that as much as the team will represent the young and new India; we will ensure historic performances and return with the best medal count. I urge the country to stand behind our athletes and cheer for them.”
Meanwhile, PT Usha said she expects every member of the contingent to make the best effort to make the country proud at the showpiece event.
“We have waited long for the 2022 Asian Games and are delighted that India is sending its largest contingent of 634 athletes. We believe that this squad has the potential to get India its best medal haul as well,” she said.
“In the IOA, we have made every effort to place the athlete in the centre of our universe and ensure that they are well looked after,” she added.
Notably, rowing has the largest unit with 33 members after athletics while a 15-member Esports team will also be at the showpiece event as the event will mark its official debut.
Earlier at the 2018 Asian Games, the Indian contingent had bagged 70 medals, including 16 gold.