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Go for elusive medal: Tendulkar tells India's track & field team

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July 20, 2021 18:55 IST
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India's swimmers Sajan Prakash, Srihari Nataraj and Maana Patel pose in front of the Olympic rings at the Games Village in Tokyo

IMAGE: India's swimmers Sajan Prakash, Srihari Nataraj and Maana Patel pose in front of the Olympic rings at the Games Village in Tokyo. Photograph: Sports Authority of India

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar urged India's 26-strong track and field squad for the Tokyo Olympics to enjoy the pressure and not be bogged down by it during the Games, as he joined the Athletics Federation of India in giving the athletes an online send-off.

 

In the virtual event, Tendulkar told them to chase the dream of winning an Olympic medal relentlessly.

"A lot of people say there is win or loss in sport, but my message is that the loss should be for your opponent and the win for you. You should go for the medal," Tendulkar said.

"Don't stop chasing your dream… and the dream should be the medal around your neck, National Anthem playing and the tri-colour flying high."

The track and field contingent will have 47 members, including 26 athletes. There will be 11 coaches, eight support staff, one team doctor and one team leader.

The contingent leaves for Tokyo on July 23.

Tendulkar said pressure is an athlete's companion in all sports and it is crucial to channelise it into a better performance.

"Expectation of people has grown because of your improved performance. That is a good thing. I had always enjoyed pressure or expectation from the people. You have to change it to positive energy."

Athletics will be held from July 30 to August 8.

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