India at the
1932 Summer Olympics
British Raj Red Ensign.svg
Flag of India
NOCIndian Olympic Association
in Los Angeles
Competitors20 in 3 sport
Flag bearerLal Shah Bokhari
Ranked 19th
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

India competed at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States. The Men's Field hockey team won their second consecutive gold.


4 Indian athletes, all men, competed across 5 events in the 1932 Olympics.

Athlete Event Heat Semifinals Finals
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Bunoo Sutton 100 m 11.4 s 4th Did not advance
110 m Hurdles 15.1 s 3rd Unknown 4th Did not advance
Ronald Vernieux 100 m 11.0 s 4th Did not advance
200 m 22.8 s 4th Did not advance
Mehar Chand Dhawan Triple Jump N/A 13.66m 14th
Bunoo Sutton/Ronald Vernieux/

Mehar Chand Dhawan/Dickie Carr

4 × 100 m N/A 43.7 s 5th Did not advance

Field Hockey

Due to the effects of The Great Depression and the cost of travel to the United States, only 3 Field Hockey teams ended up competing at the Olympics: India, Japan and the hosts, the USA. The event then took place as a short group stage competition, with each team playing each opponent once. To finance their travel, the Indian team played exhibition matches at every stop on their long journey by sea to Los Angeles. Once there, none of the teams even came close to the ability of the Indians, as Japan were beaten 11-1 and America were thrashed 24–1 on 11 August 1932, in the deciding game. The team even rotated the entire squad between games just so that all the players would get a medal. Dickie (Richard) Carr competed in both Field Hockey and the 4 × 100 m events.


Richard Allen, Muhammad Aslam, Lal Bokhari (c), Frank Brewin, Richard Carr, Dhyan Chand, Leslie Hammond, Arthur Hind, Sayed Jaffar, Masud Minhas, Broome Pinniger, Gurmit Singh Kullar, Roop Singh, William Sullivan, and Carlyle Tapsell.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1st place, gold medalist(s)  India 2 2 0 0 35 2 +33 2
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Japan 2 1 0 1 10 13 −3 1
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  United States (H) 2 0 0 2 3 33 −30 0
Source: Sports Reference
(H) Host


4 August 1932
India  11–1[1]  Japan
Roop Singh (3)
Kullar (3)
Carr (1)
Chand (4)
Inohara (1)

11 August 1932
India  24–1[2]  United States
Roop Singh (10)
Kullar (5)
Pinniger (1)
Chand (8)
Boddington (1)




  1. ^ "India vs. Japan". Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  2. ^ "India vs. USA". Retrieved 2 April 2019.