The 2016 Olympic Games will kick-start in Rio de Janeiro on 5 August. The 28th edition of the Games will see 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees, including nations like Kosovo and South Sudan, who will make their debut. The contingents from these nations will compete for 306 sets of medals, in 28 Olympic sports.
But the thing that matters most to India is the fact that it has hit its maiden century as far as its Olympic contingent is concerned. With more than a 100 athletes qualifying for the quadrennial mega-event, India will be fielding it's largest-ever contingent. This is a marked improvement compared to the compared to 56 athletes that competed eight years ago at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Another aspect that is expected to be bigger and better about the Rio Olympics is the coverage on social media, especially Twitter. Throughout the tournament, fans across the globe would be able to be get up close with the happenings in Rio, with a host of statistics, insights, vine videos, gifs, Periscope broadcasts and images expected to be widely shared during the Games.
#Rio2016 is the official hashtag for the tournament and #IND would be the corresponding hashtag for the Indian contingent.
Firstpost, in association with Twitter India, has come up with the ten must-follow Indian Twitter accounts during the Olympic Games. Here is the list of those ten Twitter accounts.
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) August 2, 2016
Sania Mirza is the most followed Indian Olympian on Twitter. The Dreamer, Believer, Doer even at all costs (as per her Twitter Bio-profile) keeps her fans updated on Twitter through pictures, videos, shares and all the news about Rio. Watch out for her, she might have a medal to sport come the end of the Olympics.
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) July 12, 2016
Saina Nehwal is the most followed women Badminton player in the world on Twitter. From cool facts and updates on the world of Badminton to her training videos for Olympics, from engaging with her fans everyday to pictures of her travels, Saina is among the most active Indian sportsperson on Twitter.
— Leander Paes (@Leander) August 3, 2016
Arguably one of the best doubles players ever, seven-time Olympian and career grand slam winner Leander Paes not only tweets about his progress for Rio but also engages with fans through Q&A and down the memory trip trivia.
Poonam Rani Malik
Proud to b Indian 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/8cNX9mIgSa
— Poonam Rani Malik 15 (@PoonamHockey) August 3, 2016
Pictures from Rio village, the gym, the team bonding sessions, fans can catch all about the Women’s Hockey team by following Poonam’s Twitter profile. Poonam's Twitter account also features videos of her practicing, of secret bouquets sent to her and of her bonding with other athletes at the village.
— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) July 4, 2016
The proud Hindustani and olympic medallist tweets and talks about diverse topics and issues in the country. The wrestler from Haryana proudly wrestles minds on Twitter. From motivational quotes to training techniques and videos, fans can find everything to fill up their appetite on @duttyogi.
— Vinesh Phogat (@phogat_vinesh) August 4, 2016
Much loved by fans across the country, Vinesh, the young gun from India’s most famous wrestling family keeps her fans and followers engaged with news on Rio and her preparations for the same. She is an active endorser of everything wrestling and ‘girl power'.
— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) August 2, 2016
A fan favourite, Jwala Gutta’s twitter account is a top notch collection of stories ranging for her bonding with her doubles partner, Ashwini Ponappa, to her time on court preparing for Rio, to the camaraderie the Indian Badminton Squad enjoys.
— Indian Olympians (@IndianOlympians) July 4, 2016
For your daily dose of Olympic updates, this is the official account of the Olympians Association of India. By the athletes, for the athletes.
— sreejesh p r (@16Sreejesh) August 4, 2016
The maverick captain of the Indian Hockey Team, Sreejesh Twitter account is alive with pics of him and the Indian Hockey team gunning for Gold at Rio. The custodian uses pics actively across his and the team Rio journey.
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) July 26, 2016
The CEO of Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) is a champion endorser of Indian contingent and OGQ athletes like Jitu Rai, Gagan Narang, Chain Singh apart from voicing his support for his old love for Hockey.