Anju Bobby George on Saturday said India has the talent to win more Olympic medals in sports after celebrity javelin than Neeraj Chopra opened the national record by winning a historic gold medal at the Tokyo Games. Anju, the only Indian to win the World Athletics Championships with his bronze medal in 2003, said athletes need proper guidance to succeed.
“Indian athletes are good at technical events at the Olympics but they have not yet reached that stage to overcome the accolades in sprinting and running,” he told TV9 “What India Think Today” International Conference.
“We can win more Olympic sports in sports. We need good coaches and basic equipment. Through Khelo India Games, we put effort but it will take time,” Anju tell.
“Slowly, we will see changes. Things are moving in the right direction,” he added.
Indian badminton general manager Pullela Gopichand said India could fight for gold medals in all categories in the next 4-8 years.
“To achieve strong planning and execution and a scientific approach is needed,” he said.
“In the last eight years, Indian sports have grown tremendously. Government regulations have begun to show results. But there is still a long way to go.
“We have to identify talented players. Scientific training that is in line with global exposure should provide them. The first step towards it is to identify players who have physical memory and their talent, ”Gopichand said.
Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia said the country should focus on individual sports as China has done to get more credentials.
He said that in fact India should focus on 14 medals at the 2024 Olympics but winning 50 should be a long-term goal.
“Shooting is the biggest medal prospect at the Olympics. Badminton, wrestling and archery are also big hopes,” he said.
On private investment in sports, Bhutia said colleges set up by athletes are on the way forward.
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