While we all hope that the athletes bring home as many medals as possible, let us tell you five interesting facts regarding India's stint at Olympics.

1. India was not a part of the games in 1896, 1904, 1908, and 1912
The country did not get a chance to feature in maiden Olympics in 1896, held in Athens. In 1900, Norman Pritchard , who was a Briton, represented India and won two silver medals. However, for the next three consecutive editions, India remained away from Olympics and was next seen in the year 1920. The country hasn't missed a single edition since then.

2. Norman Pritchard became the first Indian and Asian athlete to win an Olympic medal
Norman won two silver medals  in 200 metres and 200 metres hurdles at Paris Olympics, 1900. Interestingly, the athlete went on to star in Hollywood films like: National Red Cross Pageant (1917), Romance (1920), and The Black Panther's Cub (1921) and on the Broadway stage and eventually shifted to Great Britain in 1905.

3. Chintamoni Kar won a medal for Great Britain

The 1948 Summer Games was historic because it was the last time art* competitions were going to be a part of the Olympics. Chintamoni Kar, who learnt sculpting in Paris, won a silver medal for his work: Skating The Stag. Unfortunately for Kar, the medals in such events are no longer recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

4. Goalkeeper Richard Allen conceded a goal while signing an autograph
As ridiculous as it sounds now, the incident wasn't made much of a deal back then in 1938. Indian hockey was enjoying its days of ultimate glory and the team had scored 24 goals against USA in that particular Olympic match. Expectedly, Allen did not have much work to do and hence got busy with the fans who wanted his autograph. The USA team exploited this chance and scored the goal.

5. India's first individual Olympic medal winner is not eligible for Padma Award
Every Indian individual medal winner has been conferred with the Padma Award and it is nothing less than a misfortune that the first person to bring the glory to India is not eligible for the Award.

KD Jadhav, who won a silver medal for India in wrestling in the year 1952, is ineligible for the honour as according to rules, 'the award is normally not conferred posthumously. However, in highly deserving cases, the Government could consider giving an award posthumously if the demise of the person proposed to be honoured has been recent, say within a period of one year preceding the Republic Day on which it is proposed to announce the award'. Jadhav's son Ranjit Jadhav has threatened to throw away his medal.

*Architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture.

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