Carrying the hopes of billions of Indians, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), has sent one of the largest ever contingents of around 120 members to participate in the worlds biggest sports carnival, the Summer Olympics in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, beginning from August 4 and coming to a close on August 21.  From the hockey pitch to the badminton and tennis courts, from wrestling to archery and shooting, there are real medal prospects among India’s men and women’s teams.  Besides the 12 member squad for shooting, medals may also have been predestined for our tennis, archery, badminton, boxing and hockey teams.  All eyes will also be on the wrestling mat at Rio, where Yogeshwar Dutt will try his mettle to improve on the metal of his last silver.

Abhinav Bindra will lead the squad bearing the Tricolor at the opening ceremony.  Apropos the most encouraging aspect of India’s participation at Rio is the number of women participants – 43%, accounting for 52 members of the 120 member squad.  Given the unprecedented largeness of the group, it is not surprising that most of the members are first timers. A mere 35 athletes from the squad have represented India at the Olympics earlier, which puts first timers at 70.34% of the contingent.  Among the first timers, it will be the maiden appearance for 23-year-old Gita Karmakar, woman gymnast from India who created history a few days ago.  In table tennis, India will see four paddlers taking part for the first time, and it will be only the second time in the history of the Games that the Indian women’s hockey team will be seen in action at the Olympics.  Lalita Babar, Dutee Chand, Anirban Lahiri, Kidambi Srikanth, Jitu Rai would also give their debut appearance in various other categories of the games.  Dutee Chand, in an interview recently said, “Abhi to bas shuruat hai, medal lane ki koshish karungi.”  On one hand where a number of players would be representing the nation for the first time, there are experienced players like Abhinav Bindra and Yogeshwar Dutt, who would be representing India for the last time in the Olympics.  We of NRI Achievers wish the Indian squad all the very best for their performance at the World sports feast, the Rio Olympics.

Here is the list of all participants:

Sports                                  Men              Women     Total             Events

Total                                  67                  54                  121               66

Sports- Archery, Events- 3

Men- 1 Event
Atanu Das Men’s individual
Women- 3 Event
Bombayla Devi Women’s individual & Women’s team
Deepika Kumari Women’s individual & Women’s team
Laxmirani Majhi Women’s individual & Women’s team


Sports- Athletics, Events- 21

Men- 20 Event
Dharambir Singh 200 m
Jinson Johnson 800 m
Muhammad Anas 400 m & 4 × 400 m relay
Ayyasamy Dharun 4 × 400 m relay
Mohan Kumar 4 × 400 m relay
Sumit Kumar 4 × 400 m relay
Mohammed Kunhi 4 × 400 m relay
Arokia Rajiv 4 × 400 m relay
Thonakal Gopi Marathon
Kheta Ram Marathon
Nitender Singh Rawat Marathon
Baljinder Singh 20 km walk
Gurmeet Singh 20 km walk
Irfan Kolothum Thodi 20 km walk
Sandeep Kumar 50 km walk
Manish Singh 50 km walk
Renjith Maheshwary Triple jump
Ankit Sharma Long jump
Inderjeet Singh Shot put
Vikas Gowda Discus throw
Women- 17 Event
Dutee Chand 100 m
Srabani Nanda 200 m
Tintu Luka 800 m
Nirmala Sheoran 400 m & 4 × 400 m relay
Lalita Babar 3000 m steeplechase
Ashwini Akkunji 4 × 400 m relay
Debashree Majumdar 4 × 400 m relay
Jisna Mathews 4 × 400 m relay
M. R. Poovamma 4 × 400 m relay
Anilda Thomas 4 × 400 m relay
O. P. Jaisha Marathon
Kavita Raut Marathon
Sudha Singh Marathon & 4 × 400 m relay
Khushbir Kaur 20 km walk
Sapna Punia 20 km walk
Manpreet Kaur Shot put
Seema Antil Discus throw


Sports- Badminton, Events-4

Men-3 Event
Srikanth Kidambi Singles
Manu Attri Doubles
B. Sumeeth Reddy Doubles
Women-4 Event
Saina Nehwal Singles
Pusarla Sindhu Doubles
Jwala Gutta Doubles
Ashwini Ponnappa Doubles


Sports- Boxing, Events-3

Men-3 Event
Shiva Thapa Bantamweight
Manoj Kumar Light welterweight
Vikas Krishan Yadav Middleweight


Sports- Field hockey, Events-2

Men-16 Event
Surender Kumar Men’s tournament
Danish Mujtaba Men’s tournament
V. R. Raghunath Men’s tournament
Akashdeep Singh Men’s tournament
Chinglensana Singh Men’s tournament
Harmanpreet Singh Men’s tournament
Kothajit Singh Men’s tournament
Manpreet Singh Men’s tournament
Ramandeep Singh Men’s tournament
Rupinder Pal Singh Men’s tournament
Sardara Singh Men’s tournament
P. R. Sreejesh (C & GK) Men’s tournament
S. V. Sunil Men’s tournament
Nikkin Thimmaiah Men’s tournament
S. K. Uthappa Men’s tournament
Devinder Walmiki Men’s tournament
Women-16 Event
Savita Punia (GK) Women’s tournament
Deep Grace Ekka Women’s tournament
Deepika Thakur Women’s tournament
Namita Toppo Women’s tournament
Sunita Lakra Women’s tournament
Sushila Chanu (C) Women’s tournament
Lilima Minz Women’s tournament
Renuka Yadav Women’s tournament
Nikki Pradhan Women’s tournament
Monika Malik Women’s tournament
Navjot Kaur Women’s tournament
Anuradha Devi Women’s tournament
Poonam Rani Women’s tournament
Vandana Katariya Women’s tournament
Preeti Dubey Women’s tournament
Rani Rampal Women’s tournament
avita Punia (GK) Women’s tournament


Sports- Golf, Events-2

Men-2 Event
Shiv Chawrasia Golf
Anirban Lahiri Golf
Women-1 Event
Aditi Ashok Golf


Sports- Gymnastics, Events-1

Women-1 Event
Dipa Karmakar Artistic


Sports- Judo, Events-1

Men-1 Event
Avtar Singh Men’s −90 kg


Sports- Rowing, Events-1

Men-1 Event
Dattu Baban Bhokanal Men’s single sculls


Sports- Shooting, Events-11

Men-9 Event
Abhinav Bindra 10 m air rifle
Gagan Narang 10 m air rifle, 50 m rifle prone & 50 m rifle 3 positions
Kynan Chenai Trap
Mairaj Ahmad Khan Skeet
Prakash Nanjappa 50 m pistol
Jitu Rai 10 m air pistol, 50 m pistol
Chain Singh 50 m rifle prone, 50 m rifle 3 positions
Gurpreet Singh 10 m air pistol, 25 m rapid fire pistol
Manavjit Singh Sandhu Trap
Women-3 Event
Apurvi Chandela 10 m air rifle
Ayonika Paul 10 m air rifle
Heena Sidhu 10 m air pistol & 25 m pistol


Sports- Swimming, Events-2

Men-1 Event
Sajan Prakash 200 m butterfly
Women-1 Event
Shivani Kataria 200 m freestyle


Sports- Table tennis, Events-2

Men-2 Event
Sharath Kamal Achanta Men’s singles
Soumyajit Ghosh Men’s singles
Women-2 Event
Manika Batra Women’s singles
Mouma Das Women’s singles


Sports- Tennis, Events-3

Men-2 Event
Rohan Bopanna Men’s doubles
Leander Paes Men’s doubles
Women-2 Event
Sania Mirza Women’s doubles
Prarthana Thombare Women’s doubles
Mixed doubles Event
Sania Mirza & Rohan Bopanna Mixed Double


Sports- Weightlifting, Events-2  

Men-1 Event
Sathish Sivalingam Men’s −77 kg
Women-1 Event
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu Women’s −48 kg


Sports- Wrestling, Events-8

Men-5 Event
Sandeep Tomar                    -57 kg Men’s freestyle
Yogeshwar Dutt-65 kg Men’s freestyle
Narsingh Pancham Yadav-74 kg Men’s freestyle
Ravinder Khatri                    −85 kg Men’s Greco
Hardeep Singh                     −98 kg Men’s Greco
Women-3 Event
Vinesh Phogat−48 kg Women’s freestyle
Babita Kumari−53 kg Women’s freestyle
Sakshi Malik−58 kg Women’s freestyle

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