New Delhi, January 30: Government on Monday has given its green signal to set up Task Force committee for preparing the action plan for next three Olympic Games 2020, 2024 and 2028. This action plan prepared by the committee will suggest effective talent identification system for 2024 and 2028 Olympics.
Announcing about the setup of Task Force committee, Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that the Committee may invite other specific sports experts if required. He said, the tenure of the committee will be for three months or until the time it submits its report, whichever is earlier.
The suggested Terms of Reference of the Task Force are:
(i) To suggest a comprehensive action plan including short-term, medium-term and long-term measures for effective participation of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympic Games to be held in 2020, 2024 and 2028.
(ii) To suggest effective methods to identify the core probable/medal prospects for 2020 Olympics, their coaches and support staff.
(iii) To suggest effective talent identification system for 2024 and 2028 Olympics.
(iv) To identify components of world-class support system for elite sportspersons and lay down the pathway.
(v) To suggest ways to achieve synergy in the efforts of key stakeholders within Government of India and across State Governments, IOA, National Sports Federations, NGOs, etc.
(vi) To suggest ways to significantly improve the standards of coaching and sports scientist within the country.
(vii) To suggest ways to create and upgrade sports infrastructure necessary to train top-level athletes.
(viii) To make the suggestion regarding foreign training and exposure of top-level athletes.
(ix) To make recommendations on any other matters referred to the Task Force by the Government of India.
The members of the Committee are as follows:
Pulella Gopichand- Olympian and Coach,
Abhinav Bindra- Olympic Gold Medallist
Shri Rajesh Kalra- Chief editor, Times Group Online
Om Pathak- School Sports Promotion foundation
Viren Rasquinha- CEO, Olympic Gold Quest
S. Baldev Singh- Coach, Hockey
Prof. G.L. Khanna- Professor and Dean (Exercise and Physiology) Faculty of Applied Sciences, Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad
Sandeep Pradhan- Director General, Sports Authority of Gujarat (Member Convenor)