PM Modi turns focus on India’s sports performance, announces Task Force to increase medal count in next three Olympics
As a lesson from the recently concluded Rio Olympics in which India could only manage two podium finishes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced setting up of a Task Force that will come up with a comprehensive action plan for effective participation in the next three Olympic games.
As per the announcement made by PM Modi at the meeting of Council of Ministers, the Task Force comprising experts will be set up over the next few days.
"The Task Force will be set up to prepare a comprehensive action plan for effective participation of Indian sports persons in the next three Olympic games 2020, 2024 and 2028," read a PMO statement.
"The Task Force will prepare overall strategy for sports facility, training, selection procedure and other related matters," it said.
It stated that the Task Force will contain both in house and outside experts as members.
The next Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo in 2020.
The decision to set up the Task Force comes against the backdrop of India's dismal performance in Rio Olympics as the country won only one Silver and one Bronze even after sending its biggest contingent of 118 athletes.
India finished 67th in the medal tally.