Olympic games in India were not a catchy event due to drought of medals, number of participants were low, sponsors were not interested and media coverage was also not appropriate. A big gap of 16 years from 1980 to 1996 results loss of interest in these games. Yes, Leander Paes is the person who won Bronze in 1996 and become flag barrier of enthusiasm for big event in India. From there India is regularly bringing medals with increasing ranking among other countries.
Rio Olympics will have 306 sets of medals in 28 Olympic Sports and India is participating in 14 Sports. Countdown is going on and increasing heartbeat. We all Indians want more number of medals, however the participating in game is greater then win. Increasing number of participants showing reform in sports and sports becoming an career option for youth.
Some statistics making feel proud and making hope for more medals this time for India.
- Direct birth of Indian men's hockey team(not qualified in 2008 and entered via qualification round in 2012).
- Qualification of women's hockey team after 36 years.
- Dipa Karmakar : first Indian women gymnast qualified for Olympics.
- Ranking of our players : Sania Mirza securing world's 1st rank in womens doubles, Saina Nehwal is on world's 8nd rank. Saina Nehwal wins Australian Open Super Series this year just before a month of Olympic games.
- Avtar Sing qualified for judo, after 2012 this is first qualification in judo.
- Rohan Bopanna got direct seat and playing with 18 grand slam holder Leander Paes in men's double.