Individual brilliance made all the good headlines for Indian sport but a feudal, tainted system continued to assert itself and dampen the mood. Sharda Ugra sums it all up.
ESPN brings you the most explosive quotes of 2016 from the world of Indian sport as told to our writers.
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PV Sindhu left the nation in awe after becoming the first Indian woman to win an individual silver at the Olympics.
Dipa Karmakar's fourth-place finish in the individual vault event at the Rio Olympics was more than a historical mile-marker in Indian sport.
Sakshi Malik's Olympic bronze was the first by an Indian woman wrestler. It was, for the most part, an unexpected one, and breathed fresh life into India's Rio campaign.
Bengaluru FC created history as they became the first Indian club to reach the finals of the AFC Cup.
Though their fight to represent India at the Olympics saw Sushil Kumar move court and Narsingh Yadav get a clearance from the National Anti Doping Agency, neither got to step on the mat in Rio.
From the Asian Champions Trophy wins for the men's and women's teams to the junior World Cup victory to end the year, 2016 was a year of positives for Indian hockey.
Virat Kohli shone as player and captain in 2016, scoring 2595 runs across all formats in international cricket and leading India's return to the top of the Test rankings.
Abhinav Bindra, India's only individual Olympic gold medallist, walked away from the world of shooting after finishing fourth in the 10m air rifle final at the Rio Olympics.
We look back to when India won gold in Rio -- at the Paralympics, thanks to Devendra Jhajharia's javelin throw.
It was the year of the youngest star on the horizon - golfing prodigy Aditi Ashok, who went from tentative amateur to Rookie of the Year.