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Here's an idea to boost India's prospects in Olympics...

February 09, 2017 22:56 IST

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IMAGE: Silver medallist PV Sindhu celebrates during the medal ceremony after the Women's Singles Badminton competition in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photograph: PTI

With a view to boost India’s prospects in future Olympics, the Sports Ministry has formulated a multi-pronged strategy which includes a portal for promising sportspersons, top level committee to select promising players and a task force to prepare a comprehensive action plan.

This was stated by Sports Minister Vijay Goel while inaugurating first Pt Deen Dayal Upadhaya All India National Style Kabaddi Championship 2017 at Motilal Nehru Sports School at Rai in Sonipat on Thursday.

Goel said that the Government is already making arrangements to search and train promising sportspersons.

Therefore, a 'Sports Talent Search Portal' would be launched and any sportsperson would be able to upload his video, photo and biodata.

After the selection of promising sportspersons, the government would provide scholarships of Rs five lakh per year to each such player for eight years, he said.

He said that a top level committee has also been constituted to select budding players for 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and suggest for sports facilities, training and other related matters.

A task force has also been set up to prepare a comprehensive action plan for effective participation of players in the next three Olympics in year 2020 in Tokyo, 2024 and 2028.

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