The Sports Ministry on Friday 27th announced the newly re-constituted 10 member panel named Target Olympic Podium(TOP) Committee. Beijing Olympics Gold medalist Abhinav Bindra would be residing as the chairperson of the TOP. According to the ministry, the panel has been set up with an objective to identify the players and sports persons who have the capabilities and potential to win medals for the nation in the upcoming 2020 Tokyo and 2024 Olympics. Financial aid and assistance would be provided to all these chosen players to boost the medal count at upcoming Olympics for our nation.Initially, the panel has been set up for a tenure of mere one year, but this could be extended.
Besides Abhinav Bindra the panel includes athletics great PT Usha, Sydney Olympics bronze medalist in weightlifting Karnam Malleswari and badminton legend Prakash Padukone. Former hockey captain Viren Rasquinha, hockey coach Baldev Singh, the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences of Manav Rachna International University, Prof. G.L. Khanna, Chief Editor of Times Group online, Rajesh Kalra, Om Pathak of the School Sports Promotion Foundation, the Director General of the Sports Authority of Gujarat and Sandeep Pradhan, will be the other members of the committee.
TOP targets excellence in all sports and games and would suggest and implement methods and techniques that would result in a world class sports system and also recommend the method of preparation in terms of international competition and foreign training wherever required.
So the time has come for our nation to increase its medal count in Olympics and produce world class players in every sport and game. Let us know about your opinions on the formation of this re-constituted committee about the long term benefits of it.
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