The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and
commonly known as Rio 2016, was a major international multi-sport event held in Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 August to 21 August 2016.
There were four cities shortlisted to host the 2016 summer Olympics in 2008: Madrid,
Chicago, Tokyo and Rio De Janeiro. Rio won its bid in 2009, beating out Chicago,
Madrid and Tokyo.
The mascot for 2016 is "Vinicius," a yellow and blue creature representing Brazilian
wildlife. It resembles a cat or monkey that can fly and has the power to stretch its
limbs and body.
More than 11,000 athletes from 207 National Olympic Committees, including first
time entrants Kosovo, South Sudan, and the Refugee Olympic Team, took part.
With 306 sets of medals, the games featured 28 Olympic sports, including rugby
sevens and golf.
These sporting events took place at 33 venues in the host city, and at five in São Paulo,
Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília, and Manaus.
The opening ceremony took place in the Maracanã Stadium. The ceremony
highlighted aspects of Brazilian history and culture. The closing ceremony of the 2016
Summer Olympics was held on 21 August 2016 at the Maracanã Stadium as well.
About Rio Olympics
India competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016.
Indian athletes have appeared in every edition of the Summer
Olympics since 1920, although they had their official debut at the
1900 Summer Olympics in Paris.
In all, India has won 24 medals (nine golds, four silvers and 11
bronzes) from 23 editions since Paris 1900.
The Indian Olympic Association sent the nation's largest ever
delegation (a total of 117 athletes; 34 larger than their previous
record of 83 athletes in 2012) in Summer Olympic history.
Some notable athletes like Abhinav Bindra (Event: 10m air rifle),
Yogeshwar Dutt (65 kg wrestling), Deepika Kumari (Archery),
Saina Nehwal (Badminton), Sania Mirza (Tennis), etc where
representing India at The Olympics.
India At Rio
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (born 5 July 1995) born in a Telugu family to P. V.
Ramana and P. Vijaya – both former volleyball players, is an Indian
professional badminton player.
After the 83-minute & 2-1 games, match resulted in favour of the Spaniard
Carolina Marin eventually leading Sindhu to clinch a Silver Medal.
Her silver medal win in the women's singles event of the 2016 Summer
Olympics made her the first Indian shuttler to reach the final of an
Olympics badminton event and the youngest Indian to make a podium
finish in an individual event at the Olympics.
In March 2015, she became the youngest recipient of India's fourth highest
civilian honor, the Padma Shri. In 2016, she received Rajiv Gandhi Khel
Ratna, highest sporting honour of India and Arjuna Award in 2013.
Sindhu has been employed with Bharat Petroleum since July 2013, as an
assistant sports manager with their Hyderabad office. Following her silver-
medal win at the Rio Olympics, she was promoted to deputy sports
₹5 crore (US$740,000), and a land grant from the Government of Telangana.
₹3 crore (US$450,000), a Group A cadre job and 1000 yd2 land grant from the
Government of Andhra Pradesh.
₹2 crore (US$300,000) from the Government of Delhi.
₹75 lakh (US$110,000) from her employer, Bharat Petroleum Corp., with
promotion from assistant to deputy sports manager.
₹50 lakh (US$74,000) from the Government of Haryana.
₹50 lakh (US$74,000) from the Government of Madhya Pradesh.
₹50 lakh (US$74,000) from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
₹50 lakh (US$74,000) from Badminton Association of India.
₹50 lakh (US$74,000) from NRI businessman, Mukkattu Sebastian.
₹30 lakh (US$45,000) from the Indian Olympic Association.
₹5 lakh (US$7,400) from All India Football Federation.
₹1.01 lakh (US$1,500) from Salman Khan, for qualifying as an Olympic participant.
BMW car from the Hyderabad District Badminton Association.
Memento with Miniature Diamond & Gold Racket from Kirtilals.
Rewards for winning the silver medal at the 2016 Rio
Dipa Karmakar (born 9 August 1993) is an artistic gymnast who represented India
at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Karmakar, a girl belonging to a Bengali family hailing from Agartala in Tripura
started practicing gymnastics when she was 6 years old and has been coached by
Soma Nandi & Bisweshwar Nandi since.
She attained 4th position in Women's Vault Gymnastics event of Rio Olympics
2016 with an overall score of 15.066.
She is the first Indian female gymnast ever to compete in the Olympics, and the
first Indian gymnast to do so in 52 years.
Dipa Karmakar had earlier created history by becoming the first Indian woman
gymnast to win a bronze medal in 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Later that year she won the bronze at Asian Championships in Hiroshima and
finished fifth at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, both firsts for
Since 2007, Karmakar has won 77 medals, including 67 gold, in state, national and
For her wonderful performance in Rio Olympics 2016, the government of India
conferred upon her the Khel Ratna award in August 2016
Sakshi Malik born on 3 September 1992 in Mokhra village of
Haryana's Rohtak district to Sukhbir, a bus conductor with Delhi
Transport Corporation, and Sudesh Malik, a supervisor at a local
anganwadi (health clinic) is an Indian freestyle wrestler.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she won the bronze medal in the 58 kg
category by a 8–5 victory over the reigning Asian champion
Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan.
She began training under a coach, Ishwar Dahiya, at an akhara in
Chhotu Ram Stadium, Rohtak.
Malik is currently employed with Indian Railways in the
commercial department of its Delhi division, in the Northern
Railway zone and is a part of the JSW Sports Excellence Program.
Malik has completed a master's degree in physical education from
Maharshi Dayanand University in Rohtak. In September 2016, she
was appointed as the university's wrestling director.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2016) - highest sporting honour of
Multiple cash prizes totalling over ₹5.7 crore (US$850,000)
from the Indian Railways, the Indian Olympic Association, the
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the Government of
Delhi, various state governments, including Haryana, Madhya
Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, from private bodies such as the JSW
Group and from political groups including the Indian National
Promotion to gazetted officer rank by her employer, the
Class 2 job offer from the Government of Haryana.
500 yard land grant from the Government of Haryana.
Awards and recognition
• Discus thrower Vikas Gowda, in his fourth straight Olympics, produced a below-par
performance with a best throw of 58.99m to finish 28th overall out of 34 competitors.
• In the men's 20km race walk event, Manish Singh Rawat finished 13th with a time of 1:21:21.
While his two compatriots, Gurmeet Singh and Krishnan Ganapathi, were disqualified early.
Sandeep Kumar finished a lowly 34th in the men's 50km Race Walk event at the Rio
• In the men's marathon, Thanackal Gopi and Kheta Ram put up an inspired show and clocked
their personal best timings to finish 25th and 26th respectively the men's 800m race.
• Triple jumper Renjith Maheswary failed to make it to the final round after finishing 30th
overall out of 48 competitors in the qualification with a effort of 16.13m.
• Discus Throw Athlete Seema Punia finishing 20th in the Rio qualifiers and failed to make it to
the finals. Manpreet Kaur ranked 23rd in the women’s shot put qualifications.
• Lalita Babar had a top-10 finish in the 3000m steeplechase finals.
• Sudha Singh, also participating in the 3000m steeplechase failed to qualify for the final round
after finishing a distant 30th in the overall rankings.
• OP Jaisha and Kavita Raut finished 89th and 120th respectively in the women's marathon
• In the women's 20km Race Walk, Khushbir Kaur finished 54th, clocking one hour 40 minutes
and 33 seconds to complete the race.
Other Notable Indian Athletes At Rio Olympics
Four Indian archers participated in the Rio Games. Atanu Das made it to the
men's Individual 1/8 Eliminations, but failed to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Among the women, Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi lost the pre-quarter
clashes. Archer Laxmirani Majhi also lost in the ranking round in Rio. The three
women also made up the women’s archery team, which crashed out of Rio 2016
in the quarter-finals.
For the 2012 London Olympics bronze medalist, Saina Nehwal, it was a shocking
defeat in her second group match against Ukraine's Maria Ulitina, due to a knee
injury affecting the shuttler’s performance.
In the men's category, another debutant Kidambi Srikanth gave a good fight, but
ultimately lost in the quarter-finals against the Chinese badminton legend Lin
Dan. Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa suffered three successive losses in their
Group A and were ousted early on.
India had just three boxers in Rio in contrast to seven men and one female boxer
in 2012. Vikas Krishan bowed out of the Olympics in the quarter-finals after
getting defeated by second-seed Bektemir Melikuziev. Shiva Thapa lost in the
Round of 32 against Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana of Cuba. It was a disappointment
for boxer Manoj Kumar as well as he lost in the pre-quarters to Uzbekistan boxer
• The seventh-ranked Indian men’s hockey side, led by captain P R Sreejesh failed to even qualify for
the Olympics. The team showed promise, but ended up getting defeated by Belgium in the quarter-
finals after squandering a 1-0 lead.
• The Indian women's hockey team featured in the Olympics for the first time after 36 years. But they
ended up losing in the preliminaries.
• Despite finishing 41st in Rio, Aditi Ashok was a standout performer in the sport for India. She
finished the second round at 6-under, having shot 68-68 over the first two days of the event. India's
top golfers SSP Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri on the other hand finished 50th and 57th respectively.
• Indian swimmers Shivani Kataria and Sajan Prakash failed to move beyond heats, with Sajan ranking
28th overall in men's 200m butterfly event and Shivani ranking 41st in women's 200m freestyle
• The mixed doubles duo of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna lost in bronze medal play-off at Rio. The
doomed men’s doubles team of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna crashed out in the first round
of the Olympics.
• India's weightlifting campaign at the Rio Olympics ended in disappointment with Sathish Kumar
Sivalingam finishing 11th in the men's 77kg event. In the women’s category Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
was one of two lifters who did not finish (DNF) in the 48kg category event.