Printed: December 27, 2017 5:57 pm
IOA president Narinder Batra stated he would take up the problem of correct implementation of TOPS scheme with the Sports activities Ministry and guarantee all help for athletes of their endeavour to attain leads to worldwide occasions, together with Olympics.
“I have taken note of the observations made by the TOPS scheme committee on the need for better implementation and will be discussing this with the ministry to ensure the best interests of athletes are borne in mind,” Batra stated.
Batra was reacting to the current assertion of Abhinav Bindra, India’s lone particular person Olympic gold medalist, who emphasised on the necessity to enhance ‘the overall depth of professional support for athletes’.
Batra, who can also be the president of the Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH), stated a scientific growth program has reaped advantages for these Nationwide Sports activities Federations (NSFs) who’ve taken up this initiative.
“It is undoubtedly necessary to have a long-term approach in terms of athlete training and provision of all required amenities for achieving our goals during this Olympic cycle,” he stated.
“This strategy must be tailored not only for high athletes of the nation however should begin as early as junior and sub-junior ranges throughout disciplines to organize a medal-worthy contingent for India.
“Those Federations who have already taken this up as priority are seeing results in the international arena,” he added.
Batra stated he’ll take up this matter with the Sports activities Ministry to make sure mandatory amenities and help is offered on this essential Olympic cycle.
“I want to emphasise that the IOA will do no matter it takes to make sure a professionally-driven system.
“As the President of IOA, my goal is to see India excel at the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games and to do that we need to work in unison along with NSFs and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and only then shall we can accomplish desired results,” he added.