Abhinav Bindra, Pulella Gopichand have been named in government’s task force to prepare a comprehensive action plan for the next three Olympic Games. Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Vijay Goel on Monday said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the constitution of the task force committee.
The task force will prepare the plan for next three Olympic Games to be held in 2020, 2024 and 2028. Apart from Bindra and Gopichand, the committee features Rajesh Kalra (Chief Editor , Times Group Online), Om Pathak (School Sports Promotion foundation), Viren Rasquinha (CEO – Olympic Gold Quest), S. Baldev Singh (Hockey Coach), G.L. Khanna (Professor and Dean (Exercise and Physiology) Faculty of Applied Sciences, Manav Rachna International University) and Sandeep Pradhan (Director General, Sports Authority of Gujarat (Member Convenor).
Vijay Goel said, the Committee may invite other specific sports experts, if required. He also added that the tenure of the committee will be for three months or till the time its submits its report, whichever is earlier. Also Read- Supreme Court appoint four-member administrative team to run BCCI
As per the PIB release, the task force will suggest a comprehensive action plan including short-term, medium-term and long-term measures for effective participation of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympic Games.
The task force will also suggest effective methods to identify core probable/medal prospects for 2020 Olympics, their coaches and support staff, added the PIB release. The committee will also help in identifying components of world-class support system for elite sportspersons and lay down the pathway. Also Read- Sharath Kamal: Current system makes athletes beg for awards
Besides it, the task force will suggest ways to achieve synergy in the efforts of key stakeholders within Government of India and across State Governments, IOA, National Sports Federations, NGOs, etc., suggest ways to significantly improve the standards of coaching and sports scientist within the country and ways to create and upgrade sports infrastructure necessary to train top-level athletes. (Inputs PIB release).