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India faces disappointing Olympic performance

Indian wrestler with national flag over back
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The 2016 Rio Olympics is shaping up to be a huge disappointment for India as the country's chances to win medals dwindles.

India almost had its worst Olympic performance since 1992, NBC Washington reports. Female wrestler Sakshi Malik won India's first medal for the Rio Games.

The country was expected to bring home anywhere between 10 and 14 medals, according to the head of the government's sports authority.

India currently holds 26 medals in its Olympic history — two fewer than American swimmer Michael Phelps has by himself.

India's dismal performance comes as a surprise for some since the country has more than 1.3 billion people and tens of millions of sports fans, NBC Washington reported. However, India's citizens don't understand the rules and can't relate to most Olympic sports, an Indian newspaper sportswriter told NBC Washington.

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Correction: India has won one medal during the Rio Olympics.

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