Rio Olympics 2016, Indian Team: Complete list of 119 Indian Players for Olympics
Rio Olympics 2016 will see India send a 119 member team, which is by far the biggest contingent of athletes ever, after the 83-strong team which was sent to London Olympics 2016. The tournament is set to be starting on 5th August 2016, at Rio de Jenario in Brazil. India will aim to get the medals tally higher than the eight they managed at London, and there is a real hope that they will
Here are the complete Indian Team going to Rio Olympics 2016,
Indian archers have done very well in the past at the games, and will look to repeat the feat. Four archers have managed to qualify among the Indian contingent, Deepika Kumari, the world number 5, being the favorite to earn a medal.
Laxmirani Majhi and Bombayla Devi are part of the trio who won Bronze at the Archery World Championships including Deepika Kumari. Atanu Das is the only one from the mens team to qualify and is the highest ranked Indian.
Archers- Deepika Kumari, Laxmirani Majhi, Atanu Das and Bombayla Devi
India have a thirty-five man strong contingent representing them at Rio for Athletics, in a varied number of events, including Marathon, 200m race, 400m race, 800m race, 20 km walk, 50 km walk, long jump, triple jump, discus throw, shot put and many others. This is by far one of the biggest contingents of athletes representing India in a particular sport.
Dharambir Singh (200 m), Mohammad Anas (400 m), Jinson Johnson (800 m), Mohammad Anas ( 4 × 400 m relay ), Ayyasamy Dharun ( 4 × 400 m relay ), Mohan Kumar ( 4 × 400 m relay ), Sumit Kumar ( 4 × 400 m relay ), Mohammed Kunhi ( 4 × 400 m relay ), Arokia Rajiv ( 4 × 400 m relay ) ,Thonakal Gopi (Marathon ), Kheta Ram (Marathon), Nitender Singh Rawat (Marathon), Manish Singh (20 km walk ), Gurmeet Singh (20 km walk), Ganapathi Krishnan (20 km walk), Sandeep Kumar (50 km walk), Manish Singh (50 km walk), Ankit Sharma (Long jump), Renjith Maheshwary (Triple jump) ,Vikas Gowda (Discus throw)
Dutee Chand (200 m), Srabani Nanda (200 m), Nirmala Sheoran (400 m), Tintu Luka (800 m), Lalita Babar (3000 m steeplechase), Sudha Singh ( 4 × 400 m relay ), Ashwini Akkunji ( 4 × 400 m relay ), Debashree Majumdar ( 4 × 400 m relay ), Jisna Mathew ( 4 × 400 m relay ), M. R. Poovamma ( 4 × 400 m relay ), Nirmala Sheoran ( 4 × 400 m relay ), Anilda Thomas ( 4 × 400 m relay ), O. P. Jaisha (Marathon ), Kavita Raut (Marathon), Khushbir Kaur (20 km walk), Sapna Punia (20 km walk), Manpreet Kaur ( Shot put ) , Seema Antil (Discus throw)
Indian have a huge chance of picking up a host of medals in the women's category. Sania Nehwal already an Olympic medal holder, will play in her third Olympics and will be India's brightest hope for a medal. Alongside her will be compatriot Sindhu, and the doubles team of, Ponappa and Jwala.
Among the men, Kidambi Srikanth will make his Olympic debut, and so will the doubles team of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy.
Women- Saina Nehwal, Pusarla Sindhu, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa (doubles team)
Men- Srikanth Kidambi, Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy (doubles team)
The decline of Indian boxing has been steep since the last Olympics and has the seen the number of boxers qualifying to Rio fall considerably. Shiva Thapa is the only boxer part of the London team to be remaining. Manoj Kumar and Vikas Krishan both qualified as 2016 AIBA World Qualifying Tournament in Baku.
Boxers- Shiva Thapa (56 kg category), Manoj Kumar (64 kg category), Vikas Krishan (75 kg category)
Hockey historically for India has been a hotbed for medals in the past, and with the Indian team (especially the men team) in great form ahead of the tournament optimism reigns. The women hockey team qualified for the Olympics only for the second time in history, and will look to provide a strong showing at Rio.
Men's Squad: PR Sreejesh (GK) (C), Rupinder Pal Singh, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, VR Raghunath, SK Uthappa, Devinder Walmiki, Manpreet Singh Chinglansana Singh, Sardar Singh, SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, Danish Mujtaba, Nikkin Thimmaiah and Ramandeep Singh.
Women's Squad: Savita Punia (GK) , Sunita Lakra, Sushila Chanu (C) , Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, Deepika Thakur, Monika, Navjot Kaur, Renuka Yadav, Anuradha Devi Thokchom, Nikki Pradhan, Poonam Rani, Vandana Kataria, Rani Rampal, Preeti Dubey, Lilima Minz.
India's first representative ever in Gymnastics will be the Dipa Karmakar. She won bronze in the 2015 Asian Gymnastics Championships with a score of 14.366, and is one among three to pull out the Produnova vault. Here's hoping she's able to repeat the feat and get India a medal.
Avtar Singh will be participating in Judo for India in the Men's 90 kg category. The world number 79 has been consistent over the last couple of years, and will look to put his best foot forward.
Dattu Bhokanal is representing India at Rowing, he won silver in the finals of the men’s single sculls at the 2016 FISA Asian and Oceania Olympic Qualification Regatta at Chung-ju in South Korea to qualify for Rio Olympics 2016.
Shooting has been always one of India's strengths, with the like of Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra both picking up medals in London 2016. Jitu Rai is also one to look out for, he was ranked Number 1 in 2014.
Shooters: Abhinav Bindra (10 m air rifle), Kynan Chenai (Trap), Mairaj Ahmad Khan (Skeet), Prakash Nanjappa (50 m pistol), Gagan Narang (10 m air rifle, 50 m rifle prone, 50 m rifle 3 positions), Jitu Rai (10 m air pistol, 50 m pistol), Chain Singh (50 m rifle prone, 50 m rifle 3 positions), Gurpreet Singh (10 m air pistol, 25 m rapid fire pistol), Manavjit Singh Sandhu (Trap)
India have four paddlers participating at Rio Olympics, Soumajit Ghosh, the highest ranked Indian, was also the youngest participant in London. Along with him, will be Achanta Sharath Kamal and the women's duo of Manika Batra and Mouma Das.
India has a very popular contingent going to the Olympics at Rio. Leander Paes, who has completed a Career Slam in the doubles circuit will partner Rohan Bopanna in men's doubles. Rohan Bopanna will also partner Sania Mirza in the mixed doubles, and Mirza will compete with Prarthana Thombare in women's doubles.
India has two weightlifters at the Olympics, Sathish Sivalingam will represent India in the man's 77 kg category. Saikhom Chanu will also compete in the women's 48 kg.
India have a team of eight wrestlers going to the Olympics, among the men's freestyle category Yogeshwar Dutt will compete in the men's 65 kg category, Sandeep Tomar will compete in the men's 57 kg category, and Parveen Rana will compete in the men's 74 kg category. Among the men's Greco-Roman category Ravinder Khatri will compete in the 85 kg category and Hardeep Singh will compete in the 98 kg.
There are three women participating in the Freestyle division, Vinesh Phogat will compete in the women's 48 kg category, Babita Kumari will compete in the women's 53 kg category, and Sakshi Malik will compete in the women's 58 kg category.
India will have three golfers representing them at the Rio Olympics 2016, among which Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia are seasoned pros. Anirban Lahiri is the highest ranked golfer in Asia and Chawrasia is currently 207 in the world. Accompanying them, will be 18-year-old Aditi Ashok, who recently turned pro.
India have two swimmers at Rio, Sajan Prakash is competing for a medal at men's 200 m butterfly, and Shivani Kataria at women's at 200 m freestyle.