Rio Olympics 2016, the mega event for which athletes and managers have put in years of hard work has finally begun with the Opening Ceremony. In this daily post, we would like to apprise our readers of the important events on that particular day. India’s contingent of 122 carries the hopes of a billion on their backs. There will also be brief previews on events having Indian participation. Following is the Rio Olympics 2016: Daily Schedule of Events in IST (06/08/2016).
|05:00 PM||Rowing||Dattu Bhokanal|
|05:00 PM||Shooting||Jitu Rai, Gagan Narang, Abhinav Bindra, Gurpreet Singh, Prakash Nanjappa, Chain Singh, Mairaj Ahmed Khan, Kynan Chenai, Manavjit Singh Sandhu|
|05:30 PM to 3:30 A.M(7th August)||Table Tennis||Achanta Sharat Kamal, Soumyajit Ghosh, Manika Batra, Mouma Das|
|06:30 PM||Hockey||Men’s team|
|07:16 PM||Tennis||Rohan Bopanna, Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, Prarthana Thombare|
|09:30 PM onwards||Swimming||Sajan Prakash, Shivani Katariya|
Time: 7:30 PM
Event: Group Stage
Team: Goalkeeper: PR Sreejesh (captain). Forwards: Harmanpreet Singh, SV Suneel (vice-captain), Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Nikkin Thimmaiah. Midfielders: Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, SK Uthappa, Devindar Walmiki, Chinglensana Singh, Danish Mujtaba. Defenders: Rupinder Pal Singh, Kothajit Singh, Surendar Kumar, VR Raghunath.
Preview: India is expected to win unless there is an upset. Read the complete preview here:
Rowing- Male Batteries
Time: 5:00 PM to 9:40 PM
Players: Dattu Bhokanal
Preview: Hailing from a difficult background, Dattu Bhokanal has done well so far to earn himself a ticket to Rio. However, he starts as an underdog in this tournament.
Event: Shooting- Male and Female Qualifiers and Final
Time: 5:00 PM to 00:45 AM(7th August)
Players: Jitu Rai, Gagan Narang, Abhinav Bindra, Gurpreet Singh, Prakash Nanjappa, Chain Singh, Mairaj Ahmed Khan, Kynan Chenai, Manavjit Singh Sandhu
Preview: Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra carry India’s medal hope in shooting. Read the complete preview here.
Event: Men’s doubles and Women’s doubles
Time: Men’s doubles(7:30 P.M), Women’s doubles(3:30 A.M 7th August)
Against: Men’s– Marci Matkowski/Lukasz Kubot, Women’s- Zhang Shuai/Peng Shuai
Players: Bopanna and Paes will finally come together on the court after reports suggested that there was a tiff between the two atheltes as Bopanna had prefereed Myneni as his doubles partner. But all that would/should be forgotten when the duo wear the Indian colours against their first round opponents.
Mirza and Thombare have an outside chance of winning a medal and would be put to test from round 1.
Event: Men and Women – Playoffs
Time: 09:30 PM to 11:50 PM
Players: Even though he is not an Indian, I’m tempted to write about Michael Phelps here. He is once again the favourite at Rio Olympics 2016, in spite of his age being 31. He got 22 medals in London Olympics 2012, out of which 18 were gold. It has to be noted that he has come out of retirement to play Rio Olympics 2016.
India has two players: Shivani Kataria and Sajan Prakash. They will be representing India at the Rio Olympics in 200 metres freestyle and 200 metres butterfly respectively.
Preview: Both Indian players got their entry through wild card entry and hence they don’t carry much expectations.
Event: Singles Men and Women – Preliminary and Round 1
Time: 05:30 PM to 3:30 AM(7th August)
Players: Manika Batra, Mouma Das, Soumyajit Ghosh and Sharath Kamal
Preview: Batra has been in pretty good form in the recent past. Despite having good players, India is definitely an underdog thanks to remarkable players from China, Germany, Japan and Korea.
Irrespective of whether Indians win any medal or not, let’s stand up and show support for these athletes.