India continues its quest for a first medal in the Rio Summer Olympics at the Games village in Brazil, with hopes resting heavily on the female contingent of shuttlers representing the country on the 6th day of the games. With some participants failing even to qualify for the final rounds of their respective competitions, the chances of a medal are slimming down by the day.
Let’s look at the different events that will feature participants from the Indian subcontinent on the 6th day (11th August 2016) of the biggest sports meet in the world.
Golf (Men)Individual Event:
After 112-years, Golf has returned to the Olympics as the main event for men and woman alike, and the Indian contingent has got a total of three players competing for the top spot. In the individual events, both SSP Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri will fancy their chances and put in their best effort for a quite unlikely but very necessary ( based on the depleting hopes of the Indian audience) Olympic medal.
Timing: 04:00 PM onwards.
Badminton singles and doubles( Men and woman ):
The Indian shuttlers will be starting their campaign on Thursday at the fourth pavilion of Riocentro.
The events start off with the doubles pairing of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa in action against Takahashi and Matsutomo of Japan in the woman’s doubles category.
Timing: 04:30 PM onwards.
In the Men’s doubles category, Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy will kick off their group D encounter against the Indonesian pairing of Setiawan and Ahsan.
Timing: 05:30 PM onwards.
The spotlight moves on to P.V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal in the woman’s singles category. Held widely in regard to India’s best chances at a medal in Rio, Saina has improved the standard of her game after replacing former coach Puella Gopichand with Vimal Kumar. The former World No.1 has been in good form, registering an Asian Championship bronze medal this year and winning the Australian Open Super series. Saina will take on Brazilian Lohaynny Vicente in her first match while Sindhu will face Laura Srosi of Hungary in her Group M fixture.
Timing: 06:40 PM onwards.
Parupalli Kashyap’s withdrawal from the Olympics due to a knee injury has doubled the pressure on youngster Kidambi Srikanth. The only representative in the men’s singles tournament will face Lino
Munoz of Mexico on Thursday.
Timing: 05:35 AM onwards( August 12).
Field Hockey (men) India vs Netherlands
With a morale-boosting victory over Argentina and a confirmed quarter-final spot, India will look to overcome Netherlands and aim for a top-two finish in the group standings.
Timing: 06:30 PM onwards.
Field Hockey (Women) India vs the USA
Riding on their only positive result in the form of a 2-2 draw against Japan, the woman’s hockey team stand fifth in their group( with only 1 point) and take on the team from the United States of America who are currently on top of group B with 9 points.
Timing: 04:00 AM Onwards (August 12)
Tennis Mixed Doubles
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna will fight out their first round clash against Samantha Stosur and John Peers of Australia at their rescheduled first round clash on court three today.
Timing: 07:30 PM onwards.
Boxing Bantamweight (56 kg)
22-year-old Shiva Thapa from Assam will face Cuban boxer and defending Olympic title holder Robeisy Ramirez Carrazanain the round of 32 clash on Thursday night.
Timing: 08:00 PM onwards.