10-plus medals targeted at the Olympics

The modern Olympic Games or Olympics are the leading international sporting event featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered to be the world’s foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.

The Olympic Movement consists of international sports federations (IFs), National Olympic Committees (NOCs), and organizing committees for each specific Olympic Games. As the decision-making body, the IOC is responsible for choosing the host city for each Game, and organizes and funds the Games according to the Olympic Charter. The IOC also determines the Olympic program, consisting of the sports to be contested at the Games. There are several Olympic rituals and symbols, such as the Olympic flag and torch, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Over 13,000 athletes compete at the Summer and Winter Olympic Games in 33 different sports and nearly 400 events. The first, second, and third-place finishers in each event receive Olympic medals: gold, silver, and bronze, respectively.

The Rio de Janerio Olympics that will begin in August, is looking to be a star-studded affair, from various parts of the globe. It seems even India wants to add to the glory and the sports ministry is looking send the largest-ever Indian contingent of athletes and has set a target of 10-plus medals. In fact, of the 110 prospective sportspersons, 76 have already qualified.

According to an article by First Post, sports minister, Sarbananda Sonowal told the Rajya Sabha “For the forthcoming Olympics, the sports ministry has set a target, at 10-plus medals.” A committee headed by Anurag Thakur will select medal prospects.

This in itself is great news for the sportsmen and the steps the government has taken over the years to promote various sports in the country. As the president of the Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA), I can personally tell you that such a move is beneficial not only to India’s representation, but is a great campaign to showcase India’s sporting talent.

As a country we need to keep promoting our players and keep giving them opportunities to truly showcase their worth. As for our target, knowing the players we have, we can easily achieve the 10-plus medal range.

These views are expressed by Arun Lakhani, chairman and managing director of Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited (VIL).