Rio 2016: Abhinav Bindra leads the strong Indian contingent of 118 athletes

Rio de Janeiro: The 31st Olympics, the first to be held in South America, formally opened on Friday with a sparkling ceremony drawn from Brazil's vibrantly diverse culture and dedicated to its history and the environment and followed by a colourful procession of the world's leading athletes, many in traditional garb, at the Macarana stadium here.

The Indian contingent was led by Olympian medal-winning shooter Abhinav Bindra.