Rio Olympics: India to send its highest ever contingent for biggest sporting extravaganza

The athletes have been assured of special assistance for their training both in India and abroad.

Updated: May 10, 2016, 18:35 PM IST
Rio Olympics: India to send its highest ever contingent for biggest sporting extravaganza

New Delhi: For the upcoming Olympics, India will be sending its largest ever contingent - about 90 sports persons - to Rio for the prestigious Games beginning from August 5.

Replying on behalf of Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal during Question Hour, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in the Lok Sabha, “About 90 athletes have qualified for Olympics in Rio. India will send the largest ever contingent this year."

Rijiju further added that 58 sports persons have qualified for individual events while 32 hockey players -- both men and women -- also qualified to participate at the Olympics.

The Minister further assured that special assistance has been given to sporting talents for their training both in India and abroad.