Purma Bannerjee

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Other
Full namePurma C.•Bannerjee
Used namePurma•Bannerjee
Born1897 in Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal (IND)
NOC India


Purma Bannerjee had the distinction of being the first flag bearer for India at the Opening Ceremony at an Olympic Games. Bannerjee was part of the delegation of five athletes that represented the nation at the 1920 Antwerpen Olympics. He was a sprinter and ran in the 100 metres and 400 metres but did not advance from the heats in either race.

Personal Bests: 100 – unknown; 400 – unknown.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics IND Purma Bannerjee
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 5 h2 r1/4
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 4 h8 r1/4

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1920 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony IND Purma Bannerjee