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Rio 2016: Milkha Singh lashes out at IOC for India’s poor show in Olympics

India TV Sports Desk New Delhi 10 Aug 2016, 11:20:03 AM IST
India TV Sports Desk

In the wake of India’s poor performance in Rio 2016, legendary athlete Milkha Singh today blamed Indian Olympics Association for the dismal show of the Indian sportspersons in the ongoing games.

Indian contingent has so far failed to secure a medal in the ongoing sporting extravaganza.

Milkha, who had missed a bronze medal by a whisker in the 1960 Rome Olympics, said that the standard of performance of the Indian sportspersons has gone down as compared to earlier editions of the Games.

“True, we have not being doing well (in Rio). In earlier Olympics, we have done better, winning medals, even gold, silver and bronze. The IOA will have to take responsibility for this,” Milkha said.

“The standard of India’s performance (in Rio) has gone down as compared to earlier Olympics,” said the octogenarian former quarter-miler.

After three days of action at the Rio Olympics, Indians have still not won a medal with star shooter Abhinav Bindra missing out on a podium finish by a whisker in men’s 10m air rifle event last night.

Milkha said the IOA should call a review meeting after the Olympics to chalk out plans on how the country can do better in the future Games.

“IOA should call a meeting, inviting presidents and secretaries of National Sports Federations with representative of sports ministry and plan out in which sporting disciplines India can win medals in future Olympics,” the former athlete, known as ‘Flying Sikh’, told ‘Times Now’.

Asked about Bindra missing out on a medal after a tense shoot-off, Milkha said, “The pressure did him (Bindra) in. He won the gold in (Beijing) Olympics and he must be aware that the whole of the countrymen were keeping their eyes on him. It can happen under pressure.”

Referring to Dipa Karmakar’s heroics, Milkha said that Indians were doing well in some sports like gymnastics.

(With inputs from PTI)