India first participated in Olympics in 1900 in Paris. The country was represented by Norman Pritchard. (Image: Wikipedia)

Olympic Games or Olympics are the leading international sporting event featuring thousands of athletes from around the world in a variety of competitions.

The Olympic Games are considered to be the world’s foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating.

The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.

The first, second, and third-place finishers in each event receive Olympic medals: gold, silver, and bronze, respectively.

India’s History

India first participated in Olympics in 1900 in Paris. The country was represented by Norman Pritchard. He bagged two medals, both silver, in athletics. But then Indian national team did not compete at the Olympics until 1920.

Ahead of the 1920 Olympics, Sir Dorab Tata and Governor of Bombay George Lloyd helped India secure representation at the International Olympic Council, enabling it to participate in the Olympic Games. India then sent a team to the 1920 Olympics, comprising four athletes, two wrestlers.

In 1923, a provisional All India Olympic Committee was formed, and in Feb 1924 the All India Olympic Games were held to select a team for the Paris Olympics. The Indian delegation at the Paris Olympics comprised seven athletes, seven tennis players.

In 1927, the provisional Indian Olympic Committee formally became the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). Its main tasks were to promote the development of sports in India. Thus, at the 1928 national games, it selected seven athletes to represent India at the next Olympics.

From 1948 onward, because of the Indian Olympic Association’s wider outreach, India began sending delegations of over 50 sportspersons representing several sports – each selected by its sports federation – to the Olympics.

Recent History

The 2012 Summer Olympics saw an 83-member Indian contingent participating in the games, and set a new best for the country with six total medals. Wrestler Sushil Kumar became the first Indian with multiple individual Olympic medals since Norman Pritchard in 1900. However, both of Norman Pritchard’s medals were silver, while Sushil Kumar had one silver and one bronze.

List Of Competitors So Far


Medal Tables


Medals By Sport



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