With a population of over a billion, India is participating at its 24th Olympic Games at Rio. The country was first represented by only a single athlete in the form of Norman Pritchard at the 1900 Olympic Games where he won two silver medals in athletics for India.
However, India had never participated in as diverse events at the Olympics earlier as they are at Rio 2016. With the country’s largest ever contingent at the Games, we take a look at the sports in which India will be making their debut at the Olympics -
The sport has returned to the Olympic Games at Rio after a gap of 112 years. The 1900 Olympics featured the outdoor sport for the first time, with the second time being in 1904. However, there came a disagreement which caused the sport not being a part of the Games after the 1904 Olympics.
After an International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Copenhagen in October 2009, the apex body decided to reinstate the sport for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Rio 2016 will be the first time when the country will be represented by an athlete in the sport at the mega event. The country will have two participants in the men’s category whereas there will be only a solitary participant in the women’s category.
Anirban Lahiri and Shiv Chawrasia will be the Indians who will take part in the men’s golf competition from 11th August whereas Aditi Ashok will represent India for the first time in the women’s golf competition which will be conducted from 17th August, 2016 in Rio.