Government looks beyond core sports for 2024 Paris Olympics


NEW DELHI: Indian athletes and sports activities directors are bracing up for one more Olympics – the Tokyo Video games is less than eight months away. The medal hopes, as standard, are pinned on those previous sports activities whereby India has most regularly offered a actual account of itself.

These largely contain shooting, wrestling, badminton and boxing. There were high hopes from Indian athletes on the 2016 Rio Video games as neatly, with the sports activities ministry, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) confidently predicting a haul of 15 to 20 medals.

On the other hand, the indisputable truth that it took the country 12 days to originate its medal account confirmed how a long way we were from truth. Had it no longer been for PV Sindhu’s historic silver and Sakshi Malik‘s bronze, India would dangle returned dwelling with an empty secure.

This time also, the national sports activities federations (NSFs), in a recent assembly with the ministry and IOA officers, confidently projected a count of 14 medals from the Tokyo Video games – wrestling (four) and shooting (five) federations on my own offering a total of 9. Realistically talking, six to eight medals would largely be regarded as an very ultimate outing for India, which won six medals at 2012 London Video games.

Sports minister Kiren Rijiju has already set a target for India on the future Olympics, talking about a double-digit medals tally on the Paris Video games and a high-10 spoil on the 2028 Los Angeles Video games. On the other hand, the Indian sports activities directors dangle realized that inserting bet most productive on shooting, wrestling, badminton and boxing will no longer wait on. They need to shift focal level to growing those sports activities whereby a medal for India has been every so often ever won.

So, in a expose to beef up India’s efficiency in future Olympic editions, the government has determined to focal level on five sports activities disciplines which offer a bountiful of medals on the Video games. The govt.’s sizable push will near in growing swimming, fencing, biking, judo and athletics as solid medal hopes for 2024 Paris Olympics.

It has been unanimously determined to earmark rather a lot of the funding for these five sports activities, growing excellence centres for them, TOI has learnt after talking to quite a pair of officers. The improvement will originate neutral from building a solid grassroots level programme and academies to advertise the skill.

The govt.’s good judgment is easy: there are a bucketful of medals on offer in these five events on the Video games and if India manages to clutch a pair of medals every in all five – other than a actual gift in shooting, wrestling and others – the country would to in a position to spoil its target of 20+ medals in Paris.

In Rio, swimming offered a whopping 104 medals in 34 events. In Tokyo, swimming will offer bigger than 120 medals in 37 events. Equally, in Rio, fencing offered 30 medals in 10 events. In Tokyo, the sport will dangle 36 medals in 12 events. In Tokyo, biking is offering 66 medals, judo 60 medals and athletics bigger than 150 medals.

“It’s miles perfect to position all our efforts in growing these disciplines. Gaze on the different of medals on offer, it be huge. The minister used to be categorical about growing swimming, fencing, and biking. Imagine what is going to happen if India starts a hit medals in these events. We can touch 20+ by the Paris Video games,” a senior federation official said.

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