Five ONGCians are ready to march into Rio Olympics with hope to increase the medal tally for India. The 2016 Olympic Games kick-starts today in Rio de Janeiro. The 28th edition of the Games will see 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees, including nations like Kosovo and South Sudan, who will make their debut. The contingents from these nations will compete for 306 sets of medals, in 28 Olympic sports.
For the first time in history, India has hit its maiden century as far as its Olympic contingent is concerned. With over 100 athletes qualifying for the quadrennial mega-event, India will be fielding it's largest-ever contingent. This is a marked improvement compared to the compared to 56 athletes that competed eight years ago at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Five ONGCians are representing India in the Rio Olympics:
- Kavita Raut M.R.Poovamma in Athletics
- Ashwini Ponnappa in Badminton
- Heena Sidhu in Shooting and
- Shiva Thapa in Boxing
Apart from the above, two scholarship players namely Joanna Mathew and R Mohan Kumar will also be participating in Athletics.
Join ONGCReports in wishing them all the best.