Revamp of existing coaching system, talent identification at grassroot level, setting up of more academies and facilities and bigger involvement of corporate sector were some of the key points suggested by former sportspersons at a meeting on Monday with sports minister to chart out a way for India’s better show in future Olympics.
A round table discussion on ‘Performance of India in Rio Olympics and Way Forward’ was held on Monday with a view to holding wide-ranging consultations and inviting views and suggestions for improving India’s performance in future Olympic Games.
The round table discussion was chaired by Sports Minister Vijay Goel and was attended by sportspersons of eminence who have been conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and coaches who have been conferred with Dronacharya Award since 2001 onwards.
Eminent sportspersons P T Usha, Anju Bobby George, Sakshi Malik, M C Mary Kom, Sardar Singh, Gagan Narang, Pulella Gopichand, Khajan Singh, P R Sreejesh and coaches Satpal, Virender Poonia and N Ramesh were among those who attended the meeting.
Participants gave their frank and forthright views and suggestions for making India realise its potential and improve its position in medals tally in intentional events including Olympic Games, a sports ministry release said.