The Indians’ ambition is riding on the number of qualifiers this time, standing at 118 now that sprinter Dharambir Singh and shot-putter Inderjeet Singh were told to stay back after they were caught in the dope scandal.
Wrestler Narsingh Yadav was also caught in the dope deluge but managed to clear his name after convincing NADA that he was the victim of conspiracy and sabotage.
On the first day of competitions India can eye a medal from Jitu Rai, the star whose pistol has been shooting medals at almost every event he has participated in.
Abhinav Bindra will be India’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony, hoping to end his career on a high, even though his form has not been at its best.
Focus will also be on women shooters Heena Sidhu, Ayonika Paul, and Apurvi Chandela. Another medal prospect will be wrestling, in which the 8 member squad for the first time, will be represented in all 3 formats – Men’s freestyle, Female wrestling and Greco-Roman.
In the boxing ring three boxers will carry India’s hopes. Tennis and badminton also are almost certain medal prospects for India.
Many other famous names will represent India at the Olympics in Rio, as Indians hold their breath counting down to celebrate the targeted double-digit medal haul.