New Delhi: The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is less than two months away and India is all set to send its largest ever contingent to the Games. As a build up to the Rio Olympics, CNN-News18 will air a special series called India’s Champions that will relive India’s past victories at the Olympics and will capture the preparations for the biggest sporting event in the world.
From India’s first individual Olympic Gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar to the rich haul of eight gold medals won by the Indian Hockey team, CNN-News18 will bring forth success stories of Indian athletes from the past Olympics. Having travelled the length and breadth of the country for this series, the channel will also showcase heart-warming narratives of Olympic debutants like trap shooter Kynan Chenai and wrestler Vinesh Phogat. The special series will also highlight other heroes of Indian sports like former hockey player Mohammed Shahid and legends like Manavjit Singh Sandhu who will be a part of the Indian squad for Rio and will be shooting for a podium finish at the Games.
The six-part series – India’s Champions – on India’s Olympic journey and the road ahead to Rio will be a build up to the Olympics programming on the channel with a special focus on all those disciplines where India has a more than fair chance of winning medals.
The line-up for the series will be as follows:
Episode 1: Hockey Legacy – 18th and 19th June
Episode 2: India’s Olympic Medalists – 25th and 26th June
Episode 3: Shooters – 2nd and 3rd July
Episode 4: Hockey – Men and Women – 9th and 10th July
Episode 5: Wrestling – 16th and 17th July
Episode 6: Badminton – 23rd and 24th July