India won its second medal in lawn bowls competition at the Commonwealth Games after the men’s fours team settled for a silver after losing to Norther Ireland in the final on Saturday.

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The final score read 18-5 in favour of Northern Ireland.

The Indian team comprised Sunil Bahadur (lead), Navneet Singh (second), Chandan Kumar Singh (third) and Dinesh Kumar (skip).

Northern Ireland’s last gold medal in lawn bowls came way back in the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

The Indian team defeated hosts England by a close 13-12 margin in the semifinal to assure India of at least a silver medal.

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This comes after the women’s quartet of Lovely Choubey (lead), Pinki (second), Nayanmoni Saikia (third) and Rupa Rani Tirkey (skip) beat South Africa 17-10 in the women’s fours final to hand India a historic gold on Tuesday.

Who is Navneet Singh?

Born on September 13, 1994, Navneet Singh is the second player in India’s lawn bowl team (men’s) at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham

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Singh, who competes in the men’s triples and the men’s four, got attracted to the sport in 2010, when his school held a lawn bowls practice after the Commonwealth Games. He won his first national medal during his debut in 2011 and has multiple international medals against his name.

“Lawn Balls is not played a lot in India but, it is a common sport in foreign countries. It is a very old and an interesting sport that requires a lot of skills to compete. This is a very tactical sport and you need a lot of concentration and endurance to play the day,” Singh told Sports Trumpet ahead of the Commonwealth Games this year. 

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“As for India, the first time we played this sport in a competitive scenario, was in 2010, when we hosted the Commonwealth Games. The oldest playing ground for Lawn Balls is the RCDC ground in Kolkata,” he added.