This year’s Summer Olympics, or better known as Rio 2016, is the major international multi-sport event in the tradition of the Olympic Games, that will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5th – 21st August 2016. Our country is all set with its largest ever contingent of 120 athletes to participate.
The country men will surely be spending sleepless nights watching their favourite sport stars perform at the International sporting extravaganza – Rio Olympics 2016.
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India’s best chances to win individual medals is in shooting where the country’s hopes lies with 12 shooters, including the likes of Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra and bronze medalist Gagan Narang.
Narang, who bagged a bronze at the London Olympics, is in great form and will be competing in three categories. He is the best bet for India to clinch the top spot.
However, 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medalist Abhinav Bindra will always remain in the hunt for Olympic glory.
In wrestling, Narsingh Pancham Yadav will brighten the country’s medal winning prospects provided he clears all hurdles and manages to book a berth for Rio in the wake of a doping scandal in which the 26-year-old has got a clean chit from the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA).
Jitu Rai, who competes in 10 metre air pistol and 50 metre pistol, is also a medal prospect.
Also, fielding its biggest contingent of seven players in badminton, India’s best medal prospect is London Olympics bronze medalist Saina Nehwal.
In archery, four Indians have gone to Rio and a lot is expected from the strong Indian women archery team of Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi Laishram and Laxmirani Majhi.
Atanu Das, who finished fourth at the 2016 World Cup in Turkey, is the only Indian male archer competing from India.
Participation from Railways
Around 35 sports persons from Indian Railways will represent the nation. This is the biggest among all sports organisations in the country. Besides hockey, sports persons from Railways will compete in archery, atheletics, boxing, shooting wrestling, swimming and weightlifting.
— Shailesh Jha (@HindustaniTweet) August 2, 2016
First time in history India is sending more than 100 players to #RioOlympics.Country expecting grand show & many medals for Indian players.
— Richard Rekhy (@richardrekhy) August 2, 2016
Given the encouragement to sports in India, we now feel that our men and women are all set to make a mark in this Olympics tournament. We wish each and every player a very good luck and hope that you make us proud!