Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said India will be competing for a top-10 end by the time the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics comes calling, using the federal government’s formidable ‘Target Olympic Podium Junior Scheme’.
“We will leave no stone unturned,” Rijiju said. He said the ‘Target Olympic Podium Junior Scheme’ is scouting expertise as younger as 10-year-old and 12-year-old with an purpose to arrange them for the Los Angeles Games.
He was talking concerning the targets and objectives India needs to realize in the approaching years in the course of the India Today Mindrocks event.
“We look forward and realise the dreams of every Indian to make India a great sporting powerhouse,” he said.
Rijiju said the gifted kids will be guided by a world-class teaching facility throughout their journey to change into world champions.
“Objectives are very clear, we have created the ‘Target Olympic Podium Junior Scheme’ that means those who are 10-13 years of age will be ready to become world champions by 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
“By starting the scheme we are identifying the young talents, it’s a process of talent scouting at a young age and taking full responsibility of their training by bringing in world-class coaches.”
Rijiju added that steps like enhancing the ability units of Indian coaches, removing of Rs 2-lakh wage cap for coaches and extension of teaching tenures will carry constructive modifications in the system.
“I have recently decided to extend the tenure of coaches, Indian coaches are being enhanced and the 2-lakh salary cap of coaches has also been removed.
“By 2028, the target of getting India in the top-10 of Olympics medal ranking will be realised. I am very clear. We started planning and executing those plans,” Rijiju said.
He additionally reiterated that there’s a must create a sports tradition to assist India changing into a sporting powerhouse.