India competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Olympics locations were Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Olympics schedule from 5 to 21 August 2016. Indian athletes have appeared in every edition of the Summer Olympics since 1920, although they had their official debut at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris.

The Indian Olympic Association sent the nation’s largest ever delegation (a total of 117 athletes; 34 larger than their previous record of 83 athletes in 2012) in Summer Olympic history.

The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part. The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well. – Pierre de Coubertin

Olympic medal count

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Silver P. V. Sindhu Badminton Women’s singles August 19
 Bronze Sakshi Malik Wrestling Women’s freestyle 58 kg August 17
Medals by sport
Sport 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
Badminton 0 1 0 1
Wrestling 0 0 1 1
Total 0 1 1 2
Medals by gender
Gender 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
Male 0 0 0 0
Female 0 1 1 2
Total 0 1 1 2
PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu – Silver Medal for Badminton
Sakshi Malik
Sakshi Malik – Bronze Medal for Wrestling

Competitors

The following is the list of number of competitors participating in the Games. Note that reserves in fencing, field hockey, football, and handball are not counted as athletes:

Sports Men Women Total Events
Archery 1 3 4 3
Athletics 17 17 34 19
Badminton 3 4 7 4
Boxing 3 0 3 3
Field hockey 16 16 32 2
Golf 2 1 3 2
Gymnastics 0 1 1 5
Judo 1 0 1 1
Rowing 1 0 1 1
Shooting 9 3 12 11
Swimming 1 1 2 2
Table tennis 2 2 4 2
Tennis 2 2 4 3
Weightlifting 1 1 2 2
Wrestling 4 3 7 7
Total 63 54 117 67

Summary

The people of India will be expecting a lot more medals from the Indian contingent. India has been taking part in the Olympics since 1900, before independence and has only won 26 medals so far, which makes for 1 medal per 383 million people. Even countries like Kenya and Ghana have better performance than India in this respect.

India is the world’s 2nd most populous country and the largest democracy. Strangely, this is the reason behind India’s weakness in sports. Democracy, on the other hand, is mounted by corruption and it can be rightly said that ‘India is not the largest democratic, but the largest corrupted nation in the world.’ This is the reason for the gross mismanagement of resources already allocated for sports in India. And although India ranks 129 in terms of per-capita income in the world and still we managed the 50th position in the Beijing Olympics. Hence, the population argument should not be used to disparage India’s performance.

Another reason for this shortcoming is the nation’s obsession with cricket. India’s dominance in world cricket has kept the spotlight fixed on this English sport. All this has led to favouritism, poor sports infrastructure and facilities for sports of other categories.

Parents in India give more emphasis on academics. They consider sports to serve only recreational purposes. Work and education are believed to be the only way of livelihood and sports have never been considered for that. This must be changed if India has to become a sporting nation.

For the first time ever, India will be sending a more than 100-sportsperson strong contingent to an Olympics for the Rio Games in August.

India have managed to qualify 118 players for the Rio event. Here is the complete list of all those who will represent India in Rio.

List of Rio 2016 Olympics 117 players from India

Archery

Atanu Das,

Deepika Kumari,

Laxmirani Majhi,

Bombayla Dev

Atheletics

Vikas Gowda (Discus Throw)

Seema Antil (Discus Throw)

Manpreet Kaur (Shot Throw)

Gurmeet Singh (men’s 20km walk)

Baljinder Singh (men’s 20km walk)

Irfan Kolothum Thodi (men’s 20km walk)

Sandeep Kumar (men’s 50km walk)

Manish Singh Rawat (men’s 50km walk)

Nitender Singh Rawat (Marathon)

Thonakal Gopi (Marathon)

Kheta Ram (Marathon)

Muhammad Anas (400m)

Lalita Babar (3000m steeplechase)

Tintu Luka (800m)

Kavita Raut (Marathon)

Sudha Singh (Marathon and 3000m steeplechase)

OP Jaisha (Marathon)

Khushbir Kaur (Walk)

Sapna Punia (Walk)

Dutee Chand (100m)

Sarbani Nanda (200m)

Ankit Sharma (Long jump)

Nirmala Sheoran (400m)

Dharambir (200m)

Muhammad Anas Yahiya (400m & 4x400m Relay)

Jinson Johnson (800m)

Renjith Maheswary (Triple Jump)

Nitendra Singh Rawat (Marathon)

Gopi Thonakal (Marathon)

Ganapathi Krishnan (20Km Race Walking)

Arokia Rajiv (4x400m Relay)

Kunhu Muhammaed Puthanpurakal (4x400m Relay)

Dharun Ayyasamy (4x400m Relay)

Mohankumar Raja (4x400m Relay)

Badminton

Saina Nehwal (Women’s singles)

PV Sindhu (Women’s singles)

Kidambi Srikanth (Men’s singles)

Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy (Men’s Doubles)

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa (Women’s doubles)

Boxing

Shiva Thapa (56kg)

Manoj Kumar (61kg)

Vikas Krishan (75kg)

Judo

Avtar Singh

Gymnastics

Dipa Karmakar

Hockey

Men’s team – 16 members

Women’s team – 16 members

Rowing

Dattu Bhokanal (Singles sculls)

Shooting

Jitu Rai

Apurvi Chandela

Gagan Narang

Abhinav Bindra

Gurpreet Singh

Prakash Nanjappa

Chain Singh

Mairaj Ahmed Khan

Heena Sidhu

Kynan Chenai

Ayonika Paul

Manavjit Singh Sandhu

Swimming

Sajan Prakash (men’s 200m butterfly)

Shivani Katariya (women’s 200m freestyle)

Table Tennis

Achanta Sharath Kamal

Manika Batra

Soumyajit Ghosh

Mouma Das

Tennis

Rohan Bopanna (Men’s doubles, Mixed doubles)

Leander Paes (Men’s doubles)

Sania Mirza (Women’s doubles, Mixed doubles)

Prarthana Thombare (Women’s doubles)

Weightlifting

Sivalingam Sathish Kumar (Men’s 77kg)

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu

Wrestling

Narsingh Pancham Yadav (Men’s FS 74kg)

Yogeshwar Dutt (Men’s FS 65kg)

Hardeep Singh (Men’s GR 98kg)

Sandeep Tomar (Men’s FS 57kg)

Ravinder Khatri (Men’s GR 86kg)

Vinesh Phogat (Women’s 48kg)

Sakshi Malik (Women’s 60kg)

Babita Kumari (Women’s 55kg)

Winter Olympics 2018

We hope next Olympic 2018 scheduled from 9 to 25 february 2018, in Pyeongchang, South Korea brings India more medals and more Indians participate in olympics 2018. The elected host city was announced on 6 July 2011 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), after the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa

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