Legendary lengthy jumper Anju Bobby George on Saturday mentioned India has the expertise to win extra Olympic medals in athletics after famous person javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra opened the nation’s account by profitable a historic gold within the Tokyo Video games. Anju, the lone World Athletics Championships medallist Indian together with her bronze in 2003, mentioned the athletes want correct steerage to attain success.
“Indian athletes are good in technical occasions in Olympics however are but to achieve that degree to win medals in sprinting and lengthy distance operating,” she mentioned on the TV9 ‘What India Thinks Right now’ World Summit.
“We will win extra Olympic medals in athletics. We’d like good coaches and amenities at grassroots. By Khelo India Video games, we’re placing in effort however it can take time,” Anju mentioned.
“Slowly, we’ll see the adjustments. Issues are shifting in a constructive path,” she added.
Chief badminton coach of the Indian badminton workforce Pullela Gopichand mentioned India can battle for gold medals in all classes within the coming 4-8 years.
“To attain that sturdy planning and execution and a scientific method are wanted,” he mentioned.
“Within the final eight years, Indian sports activities have grown loads. Buildings laid down by the federal government have began to indicate outcomes. However nonetheless an extended strategy to go.
“Now we have to establish proficient gamers. Constant scientific coaching with worldwide publicity must be supplied to them. Step one in direction of it’s to establish gamers conserving in thoughts their physicality and expertise,” Gopichand mentioned.
Former India soccer captain Bhaichung Bhutia mentioned the nation ought to goal particular person sports activities like China has finished to win extra medals.
He mentioned India realistically ought to goal 14 medals within the 2024 Olympics however profitable 50 must be a long-term plan.
“Taking pictures is the most important medal prospect on the Olympics. Badminton, wrestling and archery are additionally large prospects,” he mentioned.
On personal funding in sports activities, Bhutia mentioned academies arrange by sportspersons is the best way ahead.
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