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No chance of athletics medal in Olympics: Randhawa

May 20, 2008 19:53 IST

India does not have any chance of winning a medal in athletics in the forthcoming Beijing [Images] Olympics [Images], feels former long distance runner Gurbachan Singh Randhawa.

"I am not very hopeful about India's performance in the Beijing Olympics. I don't think India has any chance of winning a medal in athletics," said Randhawa.

However, the 69-year-old Olympian has high hopes from the Indian shooters, who he feels can win a medal.

Randhawa, who was in Delhi for the launch of the latest Limca

Book of Records, said the younger athletes are not focused enough to achieve good results at bigger meets.

"In our time, we never had such facilities. Now although the facilities are better, the youth are not sincere and there is lack of dedication," he said.

Asked how prepared is Delhi and the players for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he replied that there are not enough tracks for training.

"As far as the infrastructure is concerned, Delhi is going pretty well, but we don't have enough fields for training. We need synthetic tracks to practice," said Randhawa, a 2005 Padma Shri winner.

Randhawa, who was the country's flag-bearer at the 1960 Rome and 1964 Tokyo Olympics, rued that India does not have enough bench strength.

"Sportspersons at the grassroots are not getting enough support, so we don't have a strong bench strength."

He said just training abroad is not enough and the athletes should get enough international exposure.

"It's good that players are sent abroad for training, but training alone is not sufficient. There should be competitions so that players can have some exposure," he said.