first_imgGoel stated that after conclusion Of Rio Olympics, he has Goel stated that after conclusion Of Rio Olympics, he has initiated consultations with players, coaches and National Sports Federations to elicit their views and suggestions. He stated that he had written to all 117 sportspersons who participated in Rio Olympics. He had already held a meeting with President and Secretary General of Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federations on September 29. Goel said that his Ministry will examine the views and suggestions received during the round table discussion, from NSFs and other sources and will come out with an action plan. Focused attention will be given to talent identification, preparation of long term development plans for training and competitive exposure to sportspersons, creation and upgradation of modern sports infrastructural facilities across the country with the involvement of state governments and corporate and provision of sports science and sports medicine backup to players. Virender Poonia said that the meeting discussed how India can win more medals in the near future in 2020, 2024 and 2028 Olympics. “The minister asked suggestions from all the participants. Many were of the opinion that unless India pays attention at the college and university level, it will be hard to win medals at the Olympics. India will have to first produce medal winners at the University Games before thinking of winning medals at the Olympics,” Poonia said. “The participants also want constant monitoring of the performance of athletes and coaches. “The minister said that there was the need to increase the involvement of corporate sector in the development of sports in the country. He said he will have similar discussions with PSUs,” he added. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img