This year, India is sending their strongest ever contingent of 107 sportspersons to the Rio Olympics, yet we know the names of just a few of the many great athletes. Isn’t that a bit unfair? This Olympic season watch out for these underdogs as they set they the arenas on fire and make our country proud.
- Babita Kumari: Wrestling (55 KG) / Women
Having won a number of medals at various national and international events, Babita Kumari is an athlete to watch out for. Her previous victories include a gold medal at 2014 Commonwealth Games, a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and a bronze at 2012 World Wrestling Championships.
- Yogeshwar Dutt: Wrestling (65 KG) / Men
A Padma Shri awardee, Yogeshwar Dutt has made the country proud at numerous sporting events for years. He won a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasglow, and one at 2014 Asian Games. He also won a bronze medal in 2012 London Olympics, thus becoming the third Indian wrestler to win an Olympic medal.
- Rohan Bopanna: Tennis Doubles / Men
Having started playing the sport at the age of 11 years, Rohan Bopanna has done wonders in the world of Tennis with numerous victories over the years. He is currently ranked 10th in the world in the double rankings, having reached the highest at number 3 in 2013.
- Gagan Narang: Shooting / Men
An air rifle shooter, he was the first Indian to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, where he won the bronze medal in the men’s 10m air rifle event. He also won a silver and a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasglow.
- Dipa Karmarkar: Gymnastics / Women
An Indian artistic gymnast who represents India in the international circuit, Dipa Karmarkar won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasglow. She is the first Indian in the history of the games to do so. Additionally, she is the first Indian to qualify for the Olympics after 52 years, she became the first Indian female gymnast to secure an Olympic berth.
- Manoj Kumar: Boxing (light welter) / Men
Hailing from Rajound in Haryana, Manoj Kumar won a gold medal in the light welterweight division at the Commonwealth Games in 2010. He was also given the Arjuna Award in 2014 by the Government of India.
- P.V. Sindhu: Badminton (Singles) / Women
A recipient of the Padma Shri award, she is the first ever Indian to win women’s single player a medal at the 2013 World Championships. She also broke into the Top 20 in the Badminton World Federation rankings in 2012.
- Manavjit Singh Sandhu: Shooting / Men
An Indian shooter who specialises in trap shooting, Manavjit Singh Sandhu is a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee, as well as an Arjuna awardee. He is also a former world number 1 ranked trap shooter.
You can check out the entire contingent here. Let’s cheer for our men and women!