In the last 112 years, India has won just 20 medals - nine gold medals (8 in hockey and one in shooting), four silver and seven bronze medals. NDTV.com traces those scattered but glorious moments of India's Olympic history that brought some cheer to the nation.
For any sportsperson, an Olympic medal is one of the most treasured accomplishments. And it will be no different at the London Games. For the 2012 Olympics, there are 4700 gold, silver and bronze medals up for grabs in deep purple ribbons.
The Olympic Rings form to make the most popular symbol of the Games. The symbol comprises of five intertwined rings of different colours that represent the unity of the five inhabited continents. These rings are white, red, blue, green, yellow and black in colour.
Mascots have been a part of Olympic Games since Munich 1972, when Waldi, a dachshund, was the symbol of the ill-fated Munich Games at which Israeli athletes and officials were killed by Palestinian extremists.