first_imgThe two medals in Rio 2016 provided much joy to the country of a billion, but clearly it did not meet the expectations and hopes of any Indian. Now the Sports Ministry has announced the formation of the much anticipated and much needed Olympic task force.The 8-member-panel includes some of the biggest names in Indian sports including our sole individual gold medalist at the Olympic games Abhinav Bindra and Dronacharya awardee Pulella Gopichand who mentored Olympic medalists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal. One must credit the Ministry for roping in our biggest sports stars to make a concrete decade long action plan.Former hockey player and CEO of Olympic Gold Quest Viren Rasquinha is also part of the task force which will focus not just on Tokyo 2020 but also make a blueprint for the 2024 and the 2028 Olympic games. Other members make India’s Olympics Task Force an interesting mix from various backgrounds, other members include Baldev Singh (hockey coach), Sandep Pradhan (DG, Sports Authority of Gujarat), Om Pathank (School Sports Promotion Foundation), GL Khanna (Prof and Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, MRI University Faridabad) and Rajesh Kalra (Times Group). (My days are gone, time for Gen Next: Abhinav Bindra to India Today)Rather than just focusing on Tokyo 2020 in a hope to increase our medal count of two medals from Rio, the task force will also have the responsibility of identifying our medal prospects and suggest coaches and support staff for 2024 and 2028 as well.A decade long action plan is needed to get our Olympic program on track. Sports Minister Vijay Goel mentioned that the Ministry is open to roping in specific sports experts if needed.advertisementFollowing are the key objectives of the task force as listed by the Sports Ministry:To 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 to be held in 2020, 2024 and 2028.To suggest effective methods to identify core probable/medal prospects for 2020 Olympics, their coaches and support staff.To suggest effective talent identification system for 2024 and 2028 Olympics.To identify components of world class support system for elite sportspersons and lay down the pathway.To suggest ways to achieve synergy in the efforts of key stakeholderswithin Government of India and across State Governments, IOA, NationalSports Federations, NGOs, etc.To suggest ways to significantly improve the standards of coaching and sports scientist within the country.To suggest ways to create and upgrade sports infrastructure necessary to train top-level athletes.To make suggestion regarding foreign training and exposure of top-level athletes.last_img