India competed at 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. Indian athletes have appeared in every edition of Olympics. Rio became the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics. Sports in Brazil are those that are widely practiced and popular in the country, as well as others which originated there or have some cultural significance. Brazilians are heavily involved in sports. Football is the most popular sport in Brazil. Other than football, sports like volleyball, mixed martial arts, basketball, and motor sports, especially Formula One, enjoy high levels of popularity.
Status update about India’s participation in Rio 2016 Olympics:
The IOA has sent 117 athletes, a largest delegations ever in the history of Olympics. Despite of that the India had won only 2 medals compared to London Olympics 2012 where 83 athletes participated and won 6 medals. Details are mentioned below:
|Rio Olympics 2016|
|Silver||P. V. Sindhu||Badminton||Women’s singles|
|Bronze||Sakshi Malik||Wrestling||Women’s freestyle 58 kg|
P. V. Sindhu
P V Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal. Her silver medal win in the women’s singles event of the 2016 Summer Olympics made her the first Indian shuttler to reach the final of an Olympics badminton event.
In 2013, she became the first ever Indian women’s singles player to win a medal at the Badminton World Championships. In March 2015, she became the youngest recipient of India’s fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri.
Sakshi Malik is an Indian freestyle wrestler and won the bronze medal in the 58 kg category at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, becoming the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics and the fourth female Olympic medalist from the country.
Malik had previously won the silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and the bronze medal at the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha.
|London Olympics 2012|
|Silver||Vijay Kumar||Shooting||Men’s 25 m rapid fire pistol|
|Silver||Sushil Kumar||Wrestling||Men’s freestyle 66 kg|
|Bronze||Gagan Narang||Shooting||Men’s 10 m air rifle|
|Bronze||Saina Nehwal||Badminton||Women’s singles|
|Bronze||Mary Kom||Boxing||Women’s flyweight|
|Bronze||Yogeshwar Dutt||Wrestling||Men’s freestyle 60 kg|
Yogeshwar Dutt a freestyle wrestler. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he won the bronze medal in the 60 kg category. This was upgraded to silver in August 2016 due to dope-test positivity of the original silver winner, Besik Kudukhov.
Media reports stated that London gold medallist Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan too has failed a dope test, so Yogeshwar’s silver could be upgraded to a gold medal.
Vijay Kumar is a sport shooter from India. Kumar hails from Barsar village of Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh and is a serving Subedar Major in the Dogra Regiment Indian Army. Vijay Kumar is supported by the Olympic Gold Quest initiative.
He won the silver medal in the individual 25 metre rapid fire pistol event at the 2012 Summer Olympics and has failed to qualify for Rio Olympics 2016.
Wrestler Sushil Kumar has competed in the 66 kg weight category and won a silver medal at 2012 London Olympics and a bronze medal at 2008 Beijing Olympics, which made him the only Indian to win two individual Olympic medals.
He wanted to compete under 74 kg at Rio Olympics, but was unable to qualify for Rio Olympic 2016 under 74 kg category.
Gagan Narang is an Indian shooter, in Air rifle shooting, supported by the Olympic Gold Quest. He was the first Indian to qualify for the London Olympics.
He won the Bronze Medal in the Men’s 10 m Air Rifle Event at 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but failed to win any medal in Rio Olympics 2016.
Saina Nehwal is a professional badminton singles player from India. She has won over twenty international titles. The only female player from India & overall the second Indian player after Prakash Padukone to achieve this feat.
She has represented India three times in the Olympics, winning bronze medal in her second appearance at London Olympics 2012 was not able to win a medal in Rio Olympics 2016 because of her knee injury.
Mary Kom is an Indian boxer hailing from the Kom tribe in Manipur. She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.
She is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal. Mary Kom was not qualified for Rio Olympics 2016
# Many of the athletes made our country proud by their participation & by reaching the semi-finals & finals as well. There was lot of hope for medal from these athletes :
- Sania Mirza & Rohan Bopanna tennis player lost their game in mixed doubles semi – final.
- Badminton player Saina Nehwal, a bronze medallist in London Olympics 2012 was not able to win a medal in Rio Olympics 2016.
- Wrestler Narsingh Yadav was not able to participate in Rio Olympics 2016 due to 4-years of ban for doping, by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
- Indian Golfer Aditi Ashok, made her mark on Indian sport at very young age of 18. She remains India’s only woman golfer at Rio 2016.
- Deepika Kumari is an Indian athlete who competes in the event of Archery, is currently ranked World No. 5, failed to qualify for quarterfinal matches in Rio Olympics 2016.
- Shooter Jitu Rai participated in both the events 50m pistol and 10m air pistol in Rio Olympics but unable to make it to the finals. He is currently ranked third in the world in both the categories.
- Shooter Abhinav Bindra is an Indian professional shooter and businessman and is a World and Olympic champion in the 10 m Air Rifle event. By winning the gold in the 10 m Air Rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games. But he failed to win any medal in Rio Olympics.
- Gagan Narang is an Indian shooter and a bronze-medallist at London Olympics was not able to perform well.
- Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt & London Olympics bronze-medallist this failed to win any medal at Rio Olympics 2016.
- The India national field hockey team represents India in international field hockey competitions. It was the first non-European team to be a part of the International Hockey Federation. In 1928, the team won its first Olympic gold medal and until 1956, the India men’s team remained unbeaten in the Olympics, winning six gold medals in a row. At Rio Olympics 2016, the Indian men’s team reached the knock-out stages of the hockey event after a gap of 36 years.
# Dipa Karmakar is the first Indian female gymnast ever to qualify for finals in Olympics, and the first Indian gymnast to do so in 52 years.
# A long distance runner OP Jaisha collapsed at the end of run, and in an interview she said that all the countries had their stalls at every 2 kms except India where she was not provided water and energy drinks by the officials despite designated stations being given for India.
# What is the exact reason behind the poor performance? Whom to blame Govt. officials, people of India, sports authorities or the sports person themselves? or the factors like necessary investment & infrastructure which they have not received form the officials is the reason behind their poor performance?
List of Indian athletes who qualified & participated in
Rio Olympics 2016
India’s Dipa Karmakar has created history by becoming the first ever women’s gymnast from the country to qualify for an Olympics. She had entered the final at the final Test event at Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. The 22-year-old Tripura-based athlete clocked a total score of 52.698 points.
Achanta Sharath Kamal
He is a professional table tennis player from Tamil Nadu, India. His current world rank is 32nd in the World Rankings as of may, 2015.Sharath is considered to be one of the best table tennis players India has ever produced. He currently lives in Düsseldorf, Germany. Over the past few years he has been playing in the European league.
Soumyajit Ghosh is an Indian table tennis player from Siliguri, West Bengal. He was the youngest Indian player to qualify for the London, 2012 Olympics. He also became the youngest national champion at the age of 19, when he defeated Sharath Kamal in the 74th National Table Tennis Championships.
Manika Batra is a name emerging fast in the sphere of women’s table tennis, which in recent times has been struggling to find good talents. A silver medal in under-21 (youth) category of ITTF pro-tour Chile Open has set the table tennis fraternity making big hopes about the Delhi girl.
Mouma Das is a table-tennis player from West Bengal, India. She was born and brought up in Kolkata. She was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2013. She participated in the 2004 Olympic Games where she competed in the singles table tennis competition.
Her story is no different. Born to a rickshaw driver life was not easy for her. As a child she use to aim at mangoes using stones. At 15, she won the 2009 Youth World Archery Championship in USA before winning golds at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in the individual and women’s recurve category.
Laxmi Rani Majhi
Laxmirani Majhi become popular after winning the gold medal at the National Games in the individual and team categories. The 26-year-old from Jharkhand went on winning the bronze medal match at the individual category and lost out to Korean Counterpart.
Atanu has won a bronze medal, with Deepika Kumari, in the 2013 World Cup Mixed Team event organized in Colombia. He is supported by the Olympic Gold Quest. He represents India in the Recurve Men’s Individual and Team events. He made his international debut in 2008.
She is an Indian archer, who has represented India at international events since 2007. Born in Imphal East, Manipur Laishram made her national debut in 1997. She represented India at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the women’s individual as well as team events.
Inderjeet Singh is Indian athlete specializing in the shot put. He won the gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships in 2015. Very bright future for this chap. Filled with talent. He has struggled a lot to get where he has reached today. He was even struggling to fund his training programmes.
Broke the national record in the 3000m steeplechase event of the 2015 World Athletics.Championships in Beijing last month, qualifying for the final of the event for the first time in Indian history with the eighth-best timing in the heats. High hopes riding on her.
Sandeep Kumar qualified for the Rio Olympics after recording a timing of 1:23:32 in the IAAF Race Walking Challenge at Rio Maior in Portugal in April this year. Sandeep Kumar is a male Indian racewalker. He competed in the 50 kilometres walk event at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China.
Manish Singh Rawat, competing for the 50km race walk event, has a record personal best of 1:22:50 to finish inside the top-10 in the IAAF Race Walking Challenge and cleared the Rio Games qualification mark of 1:24 with ease. He competed in the 50 kilometres walk event at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China.
The 32-year-old marathoner had set the national record (2:37:29) early in 2015 at the Mumbai Marathon. Jaisha, who is going to be competing in the women’s marathon event at the Rio Games in 2016, is a two-time Asian Games bronze medalist after coming third in the 1500m event in Doha (2006) and 5000m event at Incheon (2014).
Born in Amritsar Khushbir Kaur, 22, reached a personal best of 1:33:07 during the 2014 Asian championships in Japan, setting a new national record. In the 2015 World Championships, she came 37th after clocking 1:38:53 in the 20km walk. She got the one quota place for the Rio Games.
India’s most famous female in the 3000 metres steeplechase event steeplechase athlete and a former Asian Games gold medalist in 2010, Sudha took part in the marathon for the first time at the World Championships last month and won in the finals, ending 19th, behind OP Jaisha.
Tintu Lukka, born in Kunnur, Kerala, broke the 800m national record (1:59.85) of Shiny Wilson at 2010 Continental Cup in Croatia. A regular in the women’s 4x400m relay, Tintu also won silvers in the 2011 and 2013 4x400m women’s events after which she won gold in the same category in 2014 Asiad at Incheon
His journey to Rio turned out to be quite amazing & he might not have event dreamt of qualifying for an Olympic event. He started off by training with the Army Sports Institute members (ASI) and continued to be part of the runners group. He eventually realized that he could take his focus to another level by competing against high profile athletes.
Rajasthan-based Kheta Ram qualified for the Rio Olympics 2016 in Marathon. KhetaRam enrolled for the Indian Army through the general quota to earn a steady income and is posted at Samba, Jammu. He has been representing India in various events, including the World Military Games.
Nitendra Singh Rawat
Marathon runner Nitendra Singh Rawat has a spring in his step after IAAF’s revised qualification standards have ensured him a berth for the Rio Olympics. Rawat, the winner of the 2015 Airtel Half Marathon in the Indian elites’ category, is training at the national camp in Ooty, Tamil Nadu, under coach Surinder Singh.
Baljinder qualified for the Olympics in the 20 km managing the ‘A’ standard with 1:22:12 in Nomi. When Baljinder qualified for the Olympics, there was disbelief at the SAI in Bangalore, where, sporting spiked hair and riding a Royal Enfield, he had earned a reputation for perhaps caring a little too much about his appearance.
Gurmeet Singh created history by becoming the first Indian athlete to clinch a gold medal in the Asian 20km Race Walk Championships as he won the men’s event with his season’s best effort. By winning the Asian title he had qualified the Rio Olympics 2016.
Irfan Kolothum Thodi
Irfan Kolothum Thodi is an Indian athlete from Malappuram, Kerala. Irfan became the third Indian to qualify for Rio Olympics 2016 in men’s 20km race walk. At the London 2012 Olympics he set the Indian national record in the 20 km walk with a timing of 1:20:21 and ranked 10th. In March 2013, Irfan finished 5th in the IAAF 20 km Race Walking Challenge event held at Taicang, China.
Vikas Gowda is an Indian discus thrower and Shot putter. Born in Mysore, he grew up in Frederick, Maryland in the United States. He has qualified for the Rio Olympics after the world athletics governing body, the IAAF, lowered the entry standards “to have more athletes” taking part in the track and field events in the 2016 Games.
Kavita Raut the 30-year-old long-distance runner is an Indian long-distance runner from Nashik, Maharashtra. She became the fourth Indian women to have qualified for Rio Games women’s marathon. She qualified after winning gold in the women’s marathon event at the 12th South Asian Games.
Rajasthan police sub-inspector Sapna Pooniya race walker & a mother of an eight year old daughter has been qualified for Rio Olympics 2016. She competed in the Women’s 20 kilometres walk event at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China.
Railways shot putter Manpreet Kaur became the Indian athlete to qualify for Rio Olympics 2016 when she shattered an 18-year-old national record en route to a sixth title at the 55th National Open Athletics Championship.
Seema Punia Antil is an Indian discus thrower. Her personal best throw is 62.62 m (205.4 ft), achieved at the Pat Young’s Throwers Classic 2016 at Salinas (California) in the US. She won the bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She finished 13th at the 2012 London Olympics. In 2014, she won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games and a gold at the Asian Games.
Mohammad Anas Yahiya is an Indian sprinter who specialises in the 400 metres event. He has qualified for two events at the 2016 Summer Olympics: the 400 metres and the 4 × 400 m relay. Anas broke the national record in 400 metres at the Polish Athletics Championship in Poland in June 2016, clocking 45.40 seconds, the exact qualification mark for the Olympics.
Dutee Chand is an Indian professional sprinter and current national champion in the women’s 100 metres event. She is the third Indian women to ever qualify for the Women’s 100 metres event at the Summer Olympic Games, with PT Usha having qualified for the event in 1980 Summer Olympics.
Srabani Nanda is an Indian woman sprint runner athlete from Odisha specialized in 4x100m relay, 100 metre and 200 metre sprint events. She belongs to Kandhamal District of Odisha. Odia sprinter Srabani Nanda made it to Rio Olympics 2016, in the women’s 200m category. Secured a gold medal and silver medal in 200 and 100 metre sprint respectively at the 2016 South Asian Games in Assam.
Ankit Sharma is an Indian athlete who competes in the long jump event. In June 2016, Sharma took part in the G. Kosanov Memorial Meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where he broke the national record two times on the same day. He recorded jumps of 8.17, 8.19 and 8.14 meters, surpassing Kumaravel Premkumar’s national record of 8.09 meters set in 2013.
Nirmala Sheoran is one of the few woman athletes who has qualified in the 400 meters category at Rio 2016 Olympics this year. While competing at the 56th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championship in Hyderabad she clocked a timing of 51.48 seconds, which her berth for Rio. Her journey has been marked with her determination to succeed, focus and strength.
Renjith Maheswary is an Indian triple jumper. He finished fourth at the 2006 Asian Games and won the 2007 Asian Championships. He also competed at the 2007 World Championships, the 2011 World Championships and the 2013 World Championships but did not reach the final in any of those events. He represented India at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as well as in 2012 London Olympics.
M. R. Poovamma
Machettira Raju Poovamma is an Indian sprinter who competes in the 400 metres event. Poovamma participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is currently ranked No.2 in Asia in the 400meter category. M.R. Poovamma was conferred with prestigious Arjuna Award 2015 for her contributions in the field of athletics. M.R. Poovamma is supported by GoSports Foundation.
Arokia Rajiv is an Indian track and field athlete who competes in the 400 meters event. Rajiv began his career as a long jumper before taking to 400 meters. At the 2014 Asian Games, he won the bronze medal, clocking 45.92 seconds in the final. He belongs to a very poor family, but didn’t stop him from achieving his Olympic dream.
Ashwini Chidananda Shetty Akkunji is an Indian sprint athlete from Siddapura, Udupi who specializes in 400 metres. She has won Gold Medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2010 Asian Games in 4×400 m relay team event with Manjeet Kaur, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Joseand an individual gold medal in the 400 metres hurdles on 25 November 2010 at the 2010 Asian Games held at Guangzhou, in China.
Jisna Mathew, 17, competes in the women’s 400 meters and 800 meters event. She along with Tintu Luka have been training under P.T. Usha at the Usha School of Athletics. Jisna was first picked from a selection trial conducted by the Usha School of Athletics in 2011 and is one of the athletes the coach believes has untapped potential.
Dharambir Singh, 27, is an Indian athlete who will compete in the 200 metres at Rio 2016 Olympics. Dharambir Singh became the first Indian athlete to qualify for the 200m Athletics event at the Olympic Games after a gap of 36 years, when he broke his previous personal best timing at the Indian Grand Prix Athletics in Bangalore in July 2016.
He won the bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions event. He also won six gold medals, three in individual events and three in team events, in 2016 South Asian Games held at Guwahati and Shillong in India.
Gagan Narang is an Indian shooter, in Air rifle shooting, supported by the Olympic Gold Quest. He was the first Indian to qualify for the London Olympics.His Olympic quota place was fixed after clinching the bronze medal in the 50 m rifle prone event at the rifle/pistol World Cup at Fort Benning , USA earlier this year.
Abhinav Singh Bindra is an Indian shooter and is a World and Olympic champion in the 10 m Air Rifle event. Bindra who is the current CWG champion after winning gold at the 2014 Glasgow Games, stood sixth in the final of the Men’s 10 Air Rifle competition and secured an Olympic quota berth for the 2016 Rio Games.
Army marksman Gurpreet Singh found himself a place in Rio berth for India in the 10m Air Pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Munich earlier this year when he recorded 154.8 points to finish fourth in a total field of 138 shooters. He won two gold medals in shooting events at the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in India.
Jitu Rai is an Indian shooter of Nepalese origin who competes in the 10 metre air pistol and 50 metre pistol events. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, Rai created the Games record in the qualification round of the 50 meter pistol event, having scored 562 points.
Bangalore-based marksman Prakash Nanjappa finished 8th in the final of the 50m men’s pistol event at the ISSF World Cup at Gabala, Azerbaijan to book his quota place for the Rio Games. He was the only Indian to win a medal in the 2013 ISSF World Cup, when he won bronze in 10 metre air pistol event in Changwon, South Korea.
A 22-year-old from Jaipur, Apurvi Chandela is India’s best women shooter. She has the record of CWG record for best performance in the women’s 10m air rifle at the 2014 Glasgow Games, scoring 206.7 points in the final. She won the gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Mairaj Ahmed Khan
Mairaj Ahmed Khan is an Indian shooter in the shotgun skeet discipline. He won the Olympics quota in the Shotgun Skeet Event in Lonato, Italy in September 2015, the first Indian to qualify in this particular discipline. In 2016, he won silver at ISSF World Cup held in April in Rio de Janeiro, the host country for 2016 Olympics.
Heena Sidhu About this sound pronunciation is an Indian sport shooter. She is the first Indian Pistol shooter to be Ranked World No.1 (as on 7 April 2014) by ISSF. She is the first Indian Pistol shooter to have won a Gold medal in the 2013 ISSF World Cup Finals – Pistol in 10 metre Air Pistol event.
Kynan Chenai is an Indian shooter in the Trap discipline. He will compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics having won the Asia Olympic Shooting qualifiers held in Delhi on 28 January 2016. Kynan was born to a reputed Parsi family in Hyderabad, India. His father Darius Chenai is a formal national shooting champion in Trap discipline and a businessman.
Ayonika Paul is an Indian shooter who competes in the 10 metre air rifle event. She won the silver medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She was once an excellent swimmer but slowly her interest developed in the rifle shooting. She had earlier won Bronze in ISSF World Cup 2014 in Slovenia.
Manavjit Singh Sandhu
Manavjit Singh Sandhu is an Indian sport shooter who specializes in trap shooting. He is a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee in 2006 and Arjuna Awardee in 1998. He is a 3 time Olympian, having represented India at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2012 London Olympic Games. He is former World No.1 ranked Trap Shooter. He is currently supported by Anglian Medal Hunt Company.
Men Hockey Team
The men’s field hockey tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics will be the twenty-third edition of the field hockey event for men at the Summer Olympics. Indian men have booked their seat in Rio Olympics after gold medal performance at the Asian Games Incheon.
Women Hockey Team
It will be the tenth edition of the field hockey event for women at the Summer Olympics.Women hockey team have bagged their spot after 36 long years. They got the passport to Rio Olympics after winning fifth position 2014-2015 Women’s FIH Hockey World League semi finals earlier after this year.
Hardeep Singh became the first Indian to seal a berth for himself in the 2016 Rio Olympics in the Greco-Roman Wrestling category. In the process, the 25-year-old has also become the sixth Greco-Roman wrestler from India to make an Olympics cut. Hardeep achieved the feat in the 98 kg category.
Narsingh Yadav has qualified for the 2016 Olympics. After winning for India sole medal at the 2015 World Wrestling Championship. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he won the gold medal in the men’s freestyle 74 kg category. He is currently being supported by JSW Sport under the Sports Excellence Programme.
Star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt on Saturday secured an Olympic quota place for India with a gold-medal finish in the men’s 65kg freestyle category. Yogeshwar became the second Indian wrestler after Narsingh Yadav to book a berth for the Rio Games, to be held later this year.
Sandeep Tomar is an Indian male wrestler who competes in the men’s freestyle 55 kg category. Sandeep Tomar on 24 April 2016, secured an Olympic quota place for India in the men’s 57 kg freestyle category with a bronze medal finish on the final day of the 1st World Olympic Qualifying tournament, Mongolia, defeating Ukrainian wrestler Andriy Yatsenko with a dominating 11-0 show.
Ravinder Khatri is an Indian Greco-Roman wrestler who competes in the 85kg category. In March 2016, Khatri secured the bronze medal at Men’s 85kg Greco-Roman event at the 2016 Asian Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament, with the top two wrestlers qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Vinesh Phogat is an Indian wrestler who comes from a very successful background of wrestling with her cousins Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, both international wrestlers and Commonwealth Games medallists as well. Vinesh qualified for the 2016 Olympics by winning gold medal in the 2nd World wide Qualifier tournament held in Istanbul, Turkey in May, 2016.
Babita Kumari is an Indian female wrestler, who won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She also won a bronze medal at the 2012 World Wrestling Championships, and won the gold medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games. She became the third and final entry from India in the women’s wrestling for Rio Olympics.
Saina Nehwal is a professional badminton singles player from India. Active since 2004 at the international circuit, Nehwal, the former world no. 1, has maintained her world ranking in the top ten since 2009. She has won over twenty international titles, which include ten Superseries titles. Although she reached to the world no. 2 ranking in 2009, it was only in 2015 that she was able to attain the world no. 1 ranking.
Srikanth Kidambi is an Indian badminton player and currently the highest ranked Indian men’s player in the international circuit with a world ranking of 12 as of May 5, 2016. He won 2014 China Open Super Series Premier after beating Lin Dan by 21–19 21–17 in the final round, thus becoming the first Indian to win a Super Series Premier Men’s title.
Manu Attri is an Indian badminton player who currently plays doubles and mixed doubles. He partners Jishnu Sanyal for men’s doubles events and previously partnered with B. Sumeeth Reddy. For mixed doubles events he partners with N. Siki Reddy, and previously, K. Maneesha. He competed at the 2014 Asian Games.
B. Sumeeth Reddy is an Indian badminton player who currently plays men’s doubles. He partners Manu Attri for men’s doubles events and previously partnered with T. Hema Nagendra Babu. He competed at the 2014 Asian Games. The 24-year-old shuttler will be playing in his first ever Olympic Games. Sumeeth won the men’s doubles of the Canada Open with Manu Attri.
Jwala Gutta is a left-handed international badminton player from Hyderabad, India. She is the country’s top-level doubles specialist and has won the National Badminton Championships fourteen times till 2013. She has been representing India on the international circuit for more than 15 years. Gutta has won numerous medals for Indian badminton including the bronze medal BWF World Championships in 2011 and a gold and silver at 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games respectively in women’s doubles which were the first for the country in the discipline.
Ashwini Ponnappa is an elite Indian badminton player who represents the country at the international badminton circuit in both the women’s and mixed doubles disciplines. She has a successful partnership with Jwala Gutta as the pair have won many medals in international events including a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games historic bronze at World Championships. The pair have also been consistently ranked among the top 20 in the BWF World Ranking reaching as high as no. 10.
Shiva Thapa is an Indian boxer from Guwahati, Assam, India. He is supported by Olympic Gold Quest and Anglian Medal Hunt Company, Shiva Thapa participated in the 2012 London Olympics, and was the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics. Shiva Thapa is ranked 3rd in the bantamweight category in the AIBA Men’s World Ranking. He is the third Indian to clinch Gold at the Asian Games.
Manoj Kumar is an Indian boxer who won a gold medal in the light welterweight division at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He hails from the village of Rajound in the Kaithal district of Haryana. Manoj Kumar became national Champion for the first time when he beat defending champion Som Bahadur Pun in 2008.
Vikas Krishan Yadav is an Indian male boxer from Bhiwani district in Haryana, who won a gold medal in the 2010 Asian Games in the Lightweight category. Currently, due to the ban on the Boxing Federation of India, Vikas competed at the Worlds and Asian Championships under the AIBA flag. Vikas is currently competing in the middleweight category, the same category where Vijender Singh won an Olympic bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics.
Anirban Lahiri is an Indian professional golfer who currently plays on the European Tour, Asian Tour, and PGA Tour. Lahiri joined the Asian Tour in 2008. He picked up his first victory in 2011 at the Panasonic Open and his second victory in 2012 at the SAIL-SBI Open. His best finish on the Order of Merit came in 2014 with his maiden overseas win on the Asian Tour – CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters which he later followed up with another one at the Venetian Macau Open.
Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia is an Indian professional golfer. After he turned professional in 1997, he went on to win eight titles on the Indian Tour and finished second twice in the Indian Open. In February 2008, he won the inaugural Indian Masters, which was a part of the 2008 European Tour. In February 2011, Chawrasia won his second European Tour event winning the 2011 Avantha Masters in New Delhi.
Avtar Singh is an Indian judoka who has qualified to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He represented India at the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland. In the men’s middleweight event he was defeated by eventual silver medallist Matthew Purssey of Scotland in the round of 16.
Dattu Baban Bhokanal
Dattu Baban Bhokanal is an Indian rower who has qualified for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic. He qualified for the Olympics after winning a silver in the men’s single sculls event at the FISA Asian and Oceania Olympic Qualification Regatta at Chung-ju in South Korea where he clocked 7 minutes and 07.63 seconds. He is the only Indian rower to qualify for the Rio Olympic and is only the ninth rower to represent India in the Olympics.
Sajan Prakash is an Indian swimmer. He competed in the men’s 50 m, 100 m and 200 m Freestyle swimming, butterfly and relay events at the 2015 National Games in Kerala. He created history on 8 February 2015 by winning 6 gold and 3 Silver medals in Indian National Games, held at Trivandrum, Kerala. Commonwealth Games quarter-finalist is working with Indian Railways and is another player who comes from a family having sports background.
Shivani Kataria is living her dream, to swim for India on the biggest stage of all – The Olympics. The 18-year-old will compete in the 200m freestyle category, making her the first Indian women to swim in the Summer Olympics after 2004 in Athens. She was selected as India’s wild card entry for the Rio Olympics by the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) after no Indian swimmer was able to qualify through the qualifiers.
Sania Mirza is an Indian professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in the women’s doubles rankings. She will be representing India in Mixed doubles & Women’s doubles in Rio Olympics 2016. From 2003 until her retirement from singles in 2013, she was ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association as India’s No. 1 player, both in singles and doubles. Throughout her career, Mirza has established herself as the most successful female Indian tennis player ever and one of the highest-paid and high-profile athletes in the country.
Rohan Bopanna is an Indian professional tennis player. His singles career high ranking was World No. 213 in 2007 and his career high ranking in doubles was World No. 3 on 22 July 2013. Recently, most of his appearances in professional tournaments have been in doubles matches. He is currently ranked 10th in the world in the doubles rankings. He will be representing India in Mixed doubles & Men’s doubles in Rio Olympics 2016.
Leander Adrian Paes is considered to be one of the best doubles and mixed doubles players of all time. He has won eight doubles and ten mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, and is the oldest man to have won a Grand Slam title. He holds a career Grand Slam in men’s doubles and mixed doubles, and achieved the rare men’s doubles/mixed doubles double at the 1999 Wimbledon tournament. His mixed doubles Wimbledon title in 2010 made him the second man to win Wimbledon titles in three decades.
Thombare has won three singles and 17 doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 25 August 2014, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 335. On 16 May 2016, she peaked at world number 208 in the doubles rankings. Playing for India at the Fed Cup, Thombare has a win-loss 12-4. She won the Asian Games Bronze Medal in Women’s Doubles along with Sania Mirza. She will be representing India in Women’s double in Rio Olympics 2016.
Sathish Sivalingam is an Indian weightlifter who won the gold medal in the men’s 77 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, Scotland. Sathish qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the Men’s 77 Kg category, where he finished 11th in the field of 14 lifters.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu is an Indian weightlifter who won silver medal in the women’s 48 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, where the gold medal was won by another Indian Khumukcham Sanjita. She hails from Manipur state of India. Mirabai qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women’s 48 Kg category.