NEW DELHI(ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced setting up a Task Force to…
With the medals tally at the Rio Olympic Games not living up to the aspirations of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the constitution of a ‘task force’, which will prepare the roadmap for the next three quadrennial Games — 2020 (Tokyo), 2024 and 2028.
Speaking at a meeting of the Council of Ministers on Friday, Modi said the task force would be entrusted with the job of preparing a comprehensive action plan for effective participation of Indian athletes in the next three Games.
The aim of the task force, which Modi said would be set up in the next few days, would be to prepare a strategy for improvement of facilities, spell out selection norms and better training facilities, and would comprise of both in-house and foreign experts.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly spoken about the need to link sports with the education system in the country. In 2013, even before he became PM, Modi, during a speech in Ferguson College in Pune had said, “During Olympics, people often say despite its huge size, we don’t get medals. Have we linked sports with our education system? Did we give enough opportunity to our youth…? Believe me if you give our defence forces this responsibility and match the potential of the new recruits in the interested sports and then train them properly, we will earn 5-7 medals even without much efforts. It requires vision!”
The vision was apparent when at the request of Sachin Tendulkar, asking the PM to talk about Indian athletes in his Independence Day speech, Modi did not wait for August 15 and tweeted, “I appreciate the thought of @sachin_rt but I want to add-why wait for 15th August to speak about the subject. I want to do so now.”