Asian Games silver medallist Deepak Kumar is almost sure of making it to the Tokyo Olymics as part of India contingent owing to his consistent performances in the recent past. Deepak secured the Olympic quota in the 10m air rifle event by virtue of his bronze medal finish at the 14th Asian Championships in Doha last year. Also Read - Sports Ministry to Spend Rs 73.14 Lakh on Olympic-Bound Sailors' European Training Stint
“…My place in the Indian shooting contingent isn’t confirmed yet. The Olympic team will be decided in a few months. I feel that I have a 99.99 percent chance of making it to the team since I have produced good results,” Deepak said on Monday. Also Read - Olympic Gold is Ultimate Goal For All of us, Says Hockey Mid-Fielder Rajkumar Pal
“India has finished number one in all of the shooting World Cups in 2019. So, I am expecting a great result from the Indian shooting contingent at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” he added. Also Read - Olympic Hopes All But Over For Saina Nehwal And Kidambi Srikanth as Indian Team Withdraws From Malaysian Open
With Indian contingent failing to perform as per the expectations at the Rio Olympics, Deepak says to avoid a repeat of the same, several initiatives have been taken namely the Target Olympic Podium Scheme to inculcate a competitive spirit among the athletes in the country.
“The Indian government thought about the fact that why couldn’t the Indian contingent perform to its potential at the Rio Olympics. So now the government is trying to inculcate a competitive mindset in our athletes. The Target Olympic Podium Scheme has been a great scheme for athletes in India. With continued efforts from the government, the Indian athletes will produce better results in the future Olympic Games,” the 32-year-old said.
After Khelo India Youth Games, the first edition of Khelo India University Games will get underway in February with an aim to further unearth potential world-beaters. The event is being organised by Government of Odisha in association with the Sports Authority of India, Association of Indian Universities, National Sports Federation and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and participating universities from February 22 to March 1, 2020.
“The Indian government is making a lot of effort to improve sports in India and all of their initiatives like the Khelo India Youth Games have produced great results. The government has provided a platform for athletes at all levels to showcase their talent. So through the Khelo India University Games, the university students in India now have a chance to show their skills as well,” Deepak said of the initiatives.