India will be in top-10 at 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, says Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

Rijiju added that steps like enhancing the skill sets of Indian coaches, removal of Rs 2-lakh salary cap for coaches and extension of coaching tenures will bring positive changes in the system.

Press Trust of India July 25, 2020 15:56:34 IST
India will be in top-10 at 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, says Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said India will be competing for a top-10 finish by the time the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics comes calling, riding the government's ambitious 'Target Olympic Podium Junior Scheme'.

"We will leave no stone unturned," Rijiju said.

Kiren Rijiju said the 'Target Olympic Podium Junior Scheme' is scouting talent as young as 10-year-old and 12-year-old with an aim to prepare them for the Los Angeles Games. He was speaking about the objectives and goals India wants to achieve in the coming years during India Today 'Mindrocks' event.

"We look forward and realise the dreams of every Indian to make India a great sporting powerhouse," he said. Rijiju said the talented youngsters will be guided by a world-class coaching facility during their journey to become world champions.

"Objectives are very clear, we have created the 'Target Olympic Podium Junior Scheme' that means those who are 10-13 years of age will be ready to become world champions by 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

"By starting the scheme we are identifying the young talents, it's a process of talent scouting at a young age and taking full responsibility of their training by bringing in world-class coaches."

Rijiju added that steps like enhancing the skill sets of Indian coaches, removal of Rs 2-lakh salary cap for coaches and extension of coaching tenures will bring positive changes in the system. "I have recently decided to extend the tenure of coaches, Indian coaches are being enhanced and the 2-lakh salary cap of coaches has also been removed.

"By 2028, the target of getting India in the top-10 of Olympics medal ranking will be realised. I am very clear. We started planning and executing those plans," Rijiju said. He also reiterated that there is a need to create a sports culture to help India becoming a sporting powerhouse.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

New Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga gets word out: He supports Tokyo Olympics next year
Sports

New Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga gets word out: He supports Tokyo Olympics next year

Yoshiro Mori, the head of the local organising committee and also a former prime minister, said Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has a "strong commitment" to the Tokyo Olympics.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOC chief Thomas Bach says it's too early to set deadline for postponed Games
Sports

Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOC chief Thomas Bach says it's too early to set deadline for postponed Games

The 2020 Games were postponed in a historic decision earlier this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, and they are now set to open on 23 July, 2021.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 consulting firm paid $3,70,000 to IOC official's son before and after Japan won bid
Sports

Tokyo Olympics 2020 consulting firm paid $3,70,000 to IOC official's son before and after Japan won bid

Papa Massata denied the allegations, saying the money he received was related to a "sponsorship deal made in China. There is nothing to do with the Tokyo Olympics."