At one point in India’s history, the economic conditions were such that several families decided to migrate to other nations for employment and a higher standard of living. Non-Resident Indian or people of Indian descent, as they are called have made their presence felt in almost every country in the world.Their representation is also felt in the world of sport. Indians could be found not only representing other countries, but also flourishing. Some have a vivid memory of their time in India and others haven’t even had the chance to visit their motherland.So here are 8 of the best Indian origin athletes:
#1 Rajiv Ouseph (Badminton)
In a generation, which has seen shuttlers such as Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth, another Indian has been shining for England. Rajiv Ouseph, currently ranked 16th in the world is England’s highest-ranked player.
The 28-year old has won the last seven national championships to assert their dominance over the domestic circuit. At the international level, Ouseph has won two Commonwealth Games gold medals and one Asian Games bronze medal.
“It’s nice to come back to India,” Ouseph told DNA. “When I was younger, I used to visit Kerala every three years. Since I started playing badminton, I rarely got the time.”
He is also the European junior champion and reached a peak ranking of 11th in November 2010.