India sets ‘double digit’ medal goal in Tokyo

By Amlan Chakraborty

(Reuters) – India set itself the objective of enhancing its Olympic medal tally to a “double digit” in Tokyo with the nation’s leading sports authorities vowing every aid to the professional athletes with 100 days to go to the Games.

The world’s 2nd most populated country has actually been an Olympic laggard and the 6 medals the group won in London 2012 stay the very best trip for a country of 1.4 billion.

“As a large nation, India should play a greater role in the entire Olympic movement, and one of the things through which we can do it is by winning more medals,” sports minister Kiren Rijuju informed a webinar.

“Our share of Olympic medals must increase.

“We require to set a nationwide record in Tokyo Olympics. India needs to cross double digits. We’ll take care of every requirement of the professional athletes, they simply require to carry out.

“We want to make this Olympic memorable. It’s the athletes who’d ensure that the Tokyo Olympic becomes one of the most cherished Olympics for India.”

Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra shared Rijuju’s optimism.

“We at IOA are very much confident that in the Tokyo Olympics, we’ll better all our records and finish with double digit medals,” stated Batra, who likewise heads the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

Rijuju stated India’s Olympic preparations in the past had actually not constantly been perfect however his ministry would make sure professional athletes might maximize their staying 100 days of practice.

“In earlier Olympics, there were complaints of some shortcoming or the other. But we’ve ensured it’s not the case this time around,” he included.

“The ministry has provided everything that is required and will continue to do so. It’s now time for the athletes to deliver.”

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in Siliguri, India; modifying by Christian Radnedge)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.