PM Modi Sets Up Task Force For Olympics, But It Will Fail

The Government of India revealed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced setting up of a task force to prepare a comprehensive action plan for effective participation of Indian sportsperson in the next three Olympics events in 2020, 2024 and 2028. The task force will be a team of experts, both internal and external, and will be set up in the next few days.

The Task Force will prepare an overall strategy for the sports facility, training, selection procedure and other related matters.

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India could have easily grabbed more medals in the recently concluded Rio Olympics 2016, had the performance of Indian athletes been more competitive compared to their global peers. India won two medals in Olympics 2016 – a bronze belonging to freestyle women wrestler Sakshi Malik, and a silver to ace shuttler PV Sindhu. All other sportspersons failed, some terribly. An Australian news website even called that India has the worst athletes on Earth per person.

It is just not the lack of proper sporting infrastructure that PM Modi needs to address. The announcement said that attention will be paid to the selection procedure, but it is easier said than done because the problem of corruption and self-interests has become too prevalent at the highest level of the governing body, Indian Olympics Association (IOA).

Recently, a controversy broke when Indian contingent’s chief medical officer Pawanjeet Singh prescribed athletes Combiflam for almost all injuries. Interestingly, Pawanjeet is the son of IOA president Tarlochan Singh and is not a sports medicine doctor. Adding to the confusion is the fact that even the second doctor Col RS Negi has never attended any National sporting event. And these guys were having the time of their lives in Rio De Janeiro  while the athletes suffered and even fainted. They want the athletes to bring home medals, but they can’t even afford to be decent?

Honestly, it is hard to imagine that they would even care about India’s Olympics tally and if it were not for valued coaches such as Pullela Gopichand, the players would have lost all the willpower to fight it out with the whole world watching.

It is great to have a PM who thinks about the interests of the sportspersons, India has rarely had such a politician. But, apart from ensuring that the players get the best of sports facilities, highly trained coaches, competitive equipments, good strategic plans, he has an arduous task of tackling the corruption at the highest level. In a large democracy such as India, this is not an easy task, but only Narendra Modi can do it.

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