Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a first, has announced that a task force will be set up in the next few days to prepare a comprehensive action plan for the next three Olympic Games. PM Modi’s decision to set up a task force for the Olympics, has been lauded by many, as such an action was indeed required from a very long time. The previous governments turned a blind eye towards the apathy of our athletes, and their requests for better training facilities and equipment fell on deaf ears. Modi’s agenda behind setting up this task force is clear; we can be at par with other nations if our athlete’s our given the best of facilities.
The performance of India at the Rio Olympics has highlighted the poor facilities and training provided to the most of the country’s sportspersons. Our athletes have faced number of problems year over year, but nobody paid heed to their sad condition. To give an example, sharing the case of Dipa Karmakar (who missed a medal by a whisker, and was a highlight of the Rio Games) who was celebrated for her heart-warming performance and attention was drawn to the fact that for many years the champion had to train on makeshift equipment fashioned out of the parts of an old scooter by her coach.
India had sent a contingent of 118 athletes to the Rio Olympics, of which only two managed to get medals. Others gave their best shot; though they won our hearts, but failed to win a medal.
This task force will include experts from both within the country and abroad. It will prep an overall strategy for sports facilities, training and selection of athletes for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and also for the 2024 and 2028 games. This step taken by the Modi Government seems very promising and will prove to be a morale booster for the country’s athletes.
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