RIO 2016: List of Indian Players participating in 2016 Summer Olympics

This article gives the information on RIO Olympics 2016 and the list of Indian players who are participating in 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio 2016 is an international multi-sport event which is officially known as Games of XXXI Olympiad. The opening ceremony of this event is scheduled at Maracana Stadium on 5th August, 2016.


RIO 2016 is the summer Olympics which is going to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The games are scheduled from 5th to 21st August, 2016. Rio 2016 is an international multi sport event which includes 306 sets of medals in 28 sports. All the sporting events which are included in the RIO 2016 will take place at Brazil and in the large cities of Brazil. Some of the venue cities are Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador and Manaus. It is noted that Rio de Janeiro is the first Portuguese speaking country and the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics.

The motto of Rio 2016 Olympics is " A New World" (Portuguese: Um mundo novo)

Totally 207 Nations are participating in the summer Olympics and India is the one among those nations.

India in RIO 2016

India is one of the members of Olympic council of Asia (OCA). The IOC country code of India is IND. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is the National Olympic committee (NOC) of India and it has selected the players for RIO Olympics 2016 based on the Olympic guidelines. It is expected that 120 competitors will participate in 15 sports.

In the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, India's Ace shooter and the Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra will be the flag bearer at the opening ceremony.

IOA also has announced the Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Oscar winner AR Rahman and the popular Bollywood actor Salman Khan as the India's goodwill ambassador for the RIO Olympics 2016.


The following are the sports in which India is participating in RIO 2016.
1. Archery
2. Athletics
3. Badminton
4. Boxing
5. Field Hockey
6. Golf
7. Gymnastics
8. Judo
9. Rowing
10. Shooting
11. Swimming
12. Table Tennis
13. Tennis
14. Weightlifting
15. Wrestling

In the above mentioned sports, India is participating in both Men and Women categories. No female competitors are participating from India in boxing, judo and Rowing.

Indian Competitors

For the first time, more than 100 sportsperson are participating from India in the International Olympic Games.

Here is the list of competitors who are participating in the above mentioned 15 sports.


Men: Atanu Das
Women: Deepika Kumari, Laxmirani Majhi, Bombayla Dev


Shot put: Inderjeet Singh
Long jump: Ankit Sharma
Triple Jump: Renjith Maheswary
Discuss Throw: Vikas Gowda
200m: Dharambir
400m: Muhammad Anas
800m: Jinson Johnson
20 Km Walk: Gurmeet Singh, Ganapathi Krishnan, Manish Singh
50 Km Walk: Sandeep Kumar
Marathon: Nitender Singh Rawat, Thonakal Gopi, Kheta Ram
4X400m Relay: Muhammad Anas , Arokiya Rajiv, Kunhu Mohammed Puthanpurakal, Dharun Ayyasamy, MohanKumar Raja, Lalith Mathur

Shot Throw: Manpreet Kaur
Discuss Throw: Semma Punia Antil
Marathon: Kavita Raut, OP Jaisha, Sudha Singh
20Km Race Walking: Khushbir Kaur, Sapna Punia
3000m Steeplechase: Sudha Singh,Lalitha Babar
100m: Dutee Chand
200m: Sarbani Nanda
400m: Nirmala Sheoran
800m: Tintu Luka
4X400m Relay: Poovamma Raju Machettira, Jisna Mathew, Anilda Thomas, Ashwini Akkunji, Debashree Mazumdar


Men's Singles: Kidambi Srikanth
Women's Singles: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu
Men's Doubles: Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri
Women's Doubles: Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa


Men: Vikas Krishnan (75 Kg), Manoj Kumar (64 Kg), Shiva Tapa (56 Kg)

Field Hockey

Men's Team- 16 members
Women's Team- 16 members


Men: Anirban Lahiri, SSP Chowrasia
Women: Aditi Ashok


Women: Dipa Karmakar


Men: Avatar Singh


Men: Dattu Bhokanal (Singles Sculls)



Jitu Rai (10m air pistol, 50m pistol)
Gagan Narang ( 10m air rifle, 50m rifle prone, 50m rifle 3 positions)
Abhinav Bindra (10m air rifle)
Gurpreet Singh (10m air pistol, 25m rapid fire pistol)
Prakash Nanjappa (50m pistol)
Chaini Singh (50m rifle prone, 50m rifle 3 positions)
Mairaj Ahmed Khan (Skeet)
Kynan Chenai (Trap)
Manavjit Singh Sandhu (Trap)


Apurvi Chandela (10m air rifle)
Ayonika Paul (10m air rifle)
Heena Sidhu (10m air rifle, 25m piostol)


Men's 200m butterfly: Sajan Prakash
Women's 200m freestyle: Shivani Katariya

Table Tennis

Men's Singles: Achanta Sharath Kamal, Soumyajit Ghosh
Women's Singles: Mouma Das, Manika Batra


Men's Doubles: Rohan Bopanna, Leander paes
Men's Mixed Doubles: Rohan Bopanna
Women's Doubles: Sania Mirza, Prarthana Thombare
Women's Mixed Doubles: Sania Mirza


Men: Sivalingam Sathish Kumar (77 Kg)
Women: Saikhom Mirabhai Chanu (48Kg)


Narsingh Pancham Yadam (Men's FS 74 Kg)
Yogeshwar Dutt ( Men's FS 65 Kg)
Sandeep Tomar (Men's FS 57Kg)
Hardeep Singh (Men's GR 98Kg)
Ravinder Khatri (Men's GR 85 Kg)

Vinesh Phogat (48 Kg)
Babita Kumari (53 Kg)
Sakshi Malik( 58 Kg)

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Author: K Mohan04 Aug 2016 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 5

After reading the elaborate list appended by the author, my expectations ran high on those athletes who are participating in RIO Olympics and surely this time there seems to be more gold expectations for our country. Our athletes must give their best out put and surely they are going to be regarded and honored when they come back with good haul of gold , silver and bronze medals. Our athletes must remember that this time the competition is very hot in International arena as more new players in every discipline are going to show their profess and finesse and our players should be more dedicated than ever before, because they are not only playing for their glory but for the glory of this great country. My best wishes to them.

Author: Partha K.06 Aug 2016 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 7

The author has assiduously compiled the list of participants from India who are going to participate in Rio Olympics-2016. Now let us see the medal prospects for the country.
Archery: Our medal hope rests on Deepika Kumari from Jharkhand. This experienced archer is one of the top players in her category.
Athelatics: Tintu Luka from Orissa has a faint hope of winning a medal in 800 m.
Badminton: Strong hope on Kidambi Srikanth, Saina, Sindhu, Jwala gutta and Ashwini Ponappa.
Boxing: Shiva Thapa is a medal prospect.
Field Hockey: Medal hope on our Men's team due to current performance.
Shooting: Strong hope on Jitu Rai, Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra. Experienced trap shooter Manavjit Sandhu is also in the reckoning. Heena Sidhu is also a medal prospect in women's shooting.
Table Tennis: Faint hope on experienced Sarath Kamal.
Tennis: Faint hope on Sania Mirza
Wrestling: Indian hope is on Narsingh and Yogeshwar Dutt
Golf: Anirban Lahiri is in good form.
Gymnastics: Dipa Karmakar from Tripura has already created a stir by qualifying. However, she is not a medal prospect.

Our best wishes to these players and also to other Indian participants.

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