With a world rank of 69, Sharath Kamal has little chance of a medal in Rio, and a quarter-final place would be considered a good achievement. However, as the past tells us, the Indian paddler has the habit of upsetting the odds.
Manavjit Singh Sandhu is a veteran shooter and a former world number won who has won at every major tournament – except an Olympic medal.
Golf makes a triumphant return to the Rio Olympics after a gap of 112 years and Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia leads India’s strong contingent.
26-year old shot-putter Manpreet Kaur created history when she became the first Indian woman to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics in her field.
Having failed to get past the qualification stage at the previous Olympic Games, Renjith Maheshwary will aim to reach the final at Rio Olympics 2016
Sudha Singh continues her quest for glory as she takes part in her second Olympics after a disappointing 3000m steeplechase performance at London 2012.
Road to Rio: India's duo of best players, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, are strong Olympic medal hopes
This is not the first Olympics for either, but Rio 2016 will be the best medal chance for the Indian mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna.
Road to Rio: If experienced Leander Paes-Rohan Bopanna adapt together, they can go far at Olympics 2016
Both Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna are among the top international men's doubles players and if they adapt together quickly, they could go far ahead at the Olympics, and on their day, even beat some of the best.
Obsessive is a word that can be used to describe India’s only individual Olympic gold medalist and Rio 2016 hopeful, Abhinav Bindra.
Rio 2016 will be more of an experience than a mission for young Shivani who is certain to come out of teh Olympics, a better player. A place in the final sixteen would be extremely difficult, but not beyond imagination.
While the expectation of an Olympic medal, or even a place in the final, from Sajan Prakash will be implausible, but he will be hoping for individual improvement.
Young Anas won't be expected to come back with a medal, but like any other Indian athlete, a place in the final would be the aim for the 18-year-old.
Anirban Lahiri, one of India's all-time great golfers will represent the country at Rio Olympics 2016 after the sport made a return to the world's top sporting extravaganza after a gap of 112 years
With a world rank of 13, a medal looks beyond the men's 4x400m relay team. But they will be looking to go past the past the first round and become only the second Indian team to do so.
While the men's singles draw will undoubtedly be tough, world number 11 Kidambi Srikanth has the ability to cause big upsets, as we have seen in the past, and can be looked at as a potential medal prospect.
Gurmeet didn't come close to a medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but since has taken big strides in the sport. A gold medal in the Asian Athletics Championships would have boosted his morale and he is a dark horse for India in the 20km race walk event.
Saina Nehwal is one of India's brightest Olympic medal chances at Rio 2016, owing to her past experience, bronze medal in the previous Games and recent form
All of 18, pro golfer Aditi Ashok has already made her mark on Indian sport in a big way and is all set to be India's sole woman golfer at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Ayonika Paul will be making her Olympic debut at Rio 2016, but the young shooter knows both the pressure and thrill of representing India at a global event.
While the Indian hockey team are often touted to be medal hopefuls, Rio 2016 offers them a chance to be actual medal contenders after the silver medal winning performance at the recently concluded Champions Trophy.