The Indian Archery team will not be present at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics 2016. Citing a hectic schedule on Friday, the team’s chief coach Dharmendra Tiwari told PTI that they will watch the ceremony on TV. The team was at their last practice session in Sambodromo. The opening ceremony will happen among nearly 78,000 people at the Maracana Stadium on Friday. The three- hour opening ceremony will begin at 20:00 (GMT) on Friday. The Indian clocks will be striking 04:30 (IST) at the same time.
The Indian parade at the Rio Olympics ceremony will begin at 9:37 local time with Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra will bear the Indian flag, followed by the 118 member contingent, India has sent for the mega event. Bindra, India’s only Olympic gold medalist at the tournament will lead the biggest Indian contingent in history into the grandest sporting event in human history. This Olympics will also mark the end of Bindra’s glorious career. The Indian contingent will march 95th among the 207 participant countries, preceded by Yemen and followed by Indonesia.
The team remains focussed on their training and will be looking to raise their performance, after the disappointing first round exit at the 2012 Winter Olympics in London.
The Indian team’s first round will be men’s individual and team ranking rounds, slated in the morning, while the afternoon session on Friday will see the women’s and team ranking rounds take place. The women team of Laxmirani Majhi, Bombayla Devi Laishram, and Deepika Kumari are in strong contention for a medal as the team is hopeful to finish in the ranking round, following an easy draw.
The athletes were among the first to reach the Brazilian city of Rio and are staying at the Sambodromo instead of the Games village in Barra.