Despite lagging behind in having the right infrastructure, 8 participants from the North East India to participate in Rio Olympic.
While North-East India constitutes only about 3.1% of the total Indian population it has contributed 6.72% of the entire Indian Rio-bound contingent. Where Manipur is a state that in particular has produced a large proportion of athletes.
Dipa Karmakar(Tripura) is an Indian artistic gymnast from Agartala, Tripura who represents India at the international circuit. She rose to recognition when she won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, held at Glasgow. Karmakar is one of the five women that have successfully landed the very difficult Produnova vault in competition, also holding the highest score amongst all (15.100 ) in her attempt.
Shiva Thapa (Assam) is an Indian boxer from Guwahati, Assam, India. Shiva Thapa participated in the 2012 London Olympics, and was the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics. Shiva Thapa is ranked 3rd in the bantamweight category in the AIBA Men’s World Ranking. He is the third Indian to clinch Gold at the Asian Games.
Sushila Chanu (Manipur) will be leading the women’s hockey team that has qualified for the first time in 36 years. The captain of the Indian team at the 2013 Junior World Cup has been a veteran of 112 international matches and has previously led the junior squad to glory.
Anuradha Devi Thokchum(Manipur) : She is also a member of this historic team. The forward from Manipur has more than 80 international caps to her name and even scored in the 3-1 victory over Canada which happened to be India’s final match ahead of the all-important Rio Games.
Chinglensana Singh(Manipur) is an Indian field hockey player who plays as a halfback. He made his debut in the Indian team in 2012, and plays for Dabang Mumbai in the Hockey India League.
Kothajit Singh(Manipur) is a midfielder on India’s national hockey team. He represented India in Men’s Hockey during the 2012 London Olympics. He is the third hockey Olympian – after P. Nilakomol and Ksh. Thoiba – from the state of Manipur, known for producing a disproportionate number of international-standard sportspersons. He was a member of the silver-medal winning Indian team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. He was a member of India’s gold-medal winning hockey team at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. He was India’s only goal-scorer in regular time, which ended 1-1 against silver medalist Pakistan. India won 4-2 in a penalty shootout.
Bombayla Devi Laishram (Manipur): will be going to her third straight Olympics after representing India at the Beijing and London Games.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu(Manipur) has been a consistent performer for India in weightlifting and her hard work bore fruit when she booked an August date in Brazil. The weightlifter who competes in the women’s 48 kg category had lifted 85kg in snatch and 107 kg in clean and jerk, which gave her a total of 192kg and helped her qualify for the Games