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Just 1 medal? Mittal wants more
August 20, 2008 01:52 IST
The two-year-old Mittal Champions Trust, set up by the world's richest Indian Lakshmi Niwas Mittal, is not satisfied with the results at the Beijing Olympics that yielded just one medal from the 56-strong Indian squad.
The Trust had high hopes from the 14 members of the Indian squad, including the likes of medal winner Abhinav Bindra and boxer Akhil Kumar, that it supports, and had expected at least 10 medals from them.
With five days left for the games to end on August 24, the Trust and the rest of
The Trust will now analyse the performance at
The six-member Mittal Champions Trust is headed by Mittal and includes his son Aditya, son-in-law Ashish Bhatia, tennis pro Mahesh Bhupathi, cricket icon Rahul Dravid and administrator Manisha Malhotra. It funds specialised training and provides an overall support system to athletes.
In a telephonic interview from
It is not as if the money is a problem. The Trust has exhausted only $2 million of its $10 million corpus and Malhotra says that steel magnate Mittal had made it clear that the target is the London Olympics.
"We simply do not have enough quality hopefuls to spend the money on. Competition is very important. The best thing that happened to Bindra was Gagan Narang competing with him," she said.
The Trust now has 42 sportspersons on its rolls and is clear that the target is London 2012 and not the Asian Games or the Commonwealth Games. Recently, it signed on shooter Sushma Singh, who had missed qualifying for the Beijing Olympics by a slender margin.
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