Tokyo 2020 countdown begins: Indian Government, all set to support our athletes

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In 2016 Rio Olympics, it was disheartening to see the dreams of our athletes go vanished. After a lackluster performance, India managed up with only two medals. P.V.Sindhu won silver in badminton, and Sakshi Malik won a bronze in wrestling.


Olympic 2016, was not an ideal outcome for a country attempting to perform with the best. In the 2012 London Olympics, India won 6 awards. What’s more, in four years, a lot more was expected, and trusts were high in the 2016 event. It wasn’t to be. There were dissatisfaction and questions raised. A populace of 1.3 billion individuals can’t win only two medals. While it is all right to grumble, does anybody attempt to make sense of what are the issues tormenting Indian games? We aren’t discussing cricket here, however about our athletes who have been whining about no proper facilities, food, appropriate financial assistance.


In 2016, probably the most brilliant athlete in Rio was without a doubt, Dipa Karmakar. The gymnast from Agartala began her professional training in crash mats and a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) apparatus created from disposed of bike parts. To come up from there and finish fourth at the Olympics is an amazing accomplishment for any athlete.


One, can’t resist thinking about what more Dipa could have possibly accomplished, if had she really had the option to get trained with proper equipment from a young age. Just before the Rio Olympic Games, her request to accompany physio Sajad Ahmad to go with her to Brazil was turned down by the Sports Authority of India (SAI).


So also, sprinter Dutee Chand grumbled about not having proper shoes. These are two of the numerous instances of how much problems athletes face in India. Our athletes are not performing on the grounds isn’t the truth, but the sports system doesn’t enable them to endeavor, develop, and perform.


To fill the loopholes of the 2016 Rio Olympics, Sports Ministry is attempting to present appropriate reparations. The competitors have been guaranteed of budgetary needs and specialized guide. It should come as an easy decision after a dazzling presentation of the competitors recently. Hima Das alone has won five gold awards.

With not exactly a year left to the 2020 Olympics, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju is getting serious. Most recent in his arrangement of activities is the development of a 10 board of trustees, which incorporates service, SAI, and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) authorities, aside from observed Olympians Gagan Narang and Leander Paes, to assess India’s preparations, assuming any.

It ought to convey a positive sign to the athletes that the legislature is not kidding about the Olympics and sports when all is said in done. The award hopefuls like Hima Das, Dutee Chand, P.V.Sindhu, Dipa Karmakar, and numerous others, would tremendously be benefited by such a move. It likewise conveys the correct sign that India is prepared to take on the best. An appreciated move by the Sports Ministry and a push to better India’s medal count at the 2020 occasion is a positive sign. Let’s hope our athletes get positive outcomes and getting themselves fit before the huge event in Tokyo.


Published by Lokendra Sharma on 29 Jul 2019

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