PM Narendra Modi announces task force to prepare India for next three Olympics

PTI August 26, 2016 22:03:55 IST
PM Narendra Modi announces task force to prepare India for next three Olympics

New Delhi: With India getting only two medals in the Rio Olympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the decision to set up a task force to prepare a comprehensive action plan for effective participation in the next three Olympics.

According to the announcement made by Modi at the meeting of Council of Ministers here, the Task Force comprising experts will be set up over the next few days.

PM Narendra Modi announces task force to prepare India for next three Olympics

The Olympic Rings. Getty

"The task force will be set up to prepare a comprehensive action plan for effective participation of Indian sports persons in the next three Olympic games 2020, 2024 and 2028," a PMO statement said.

"The task force will prepare overall strategy for sports facility, training, selection procedure and other related matters," it said.

It said the task force will comprise members who are in-house experts as well as those from outside.

The next Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo in 2020.

The decision to set up the task force comes against the backdrop of India's dismal performance in Rio Olympics as the country won only one silver (PV Sindhu in badminton) and one bronze (Sakshi Malik in wrestling) even after sending its biggest contingent of 118 athletes.

India finished 67th in the medal tally.

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