India Has Talent To Win More Olympic Medals In Athletics: Anju Bobby George

India Has Talent To Win More Olympic Medals In Athletics: Anju Bobby George

Legendary long jumper Anju Bobby George said on Saturday that India has the potential to win more Olympic medals in athletics when superstar Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra opened the country’s account by winning a historic gold medal at the Tokyo Games. Anju, who won the only bronze medal at the World Athletics Championships in 2003, said athletes need proper guidance to succeed.

“Indian athletes are good at technical competitions at the Olympics but have not yet reached the level to win medals in sprinting and long distance racing,” he told TV9’s What India Thinks Today Global Summit.

“We can win more Olympic medals in athletics. We need good coaches and facilities at the grassroots level. Through the Play India Games, we are trying but it will take time,” Anju said.

“Slowly, we will see changes. Things are moving in a positive direction,” he added.

Palla Gopi Chand, chief badminton coach of the Indian badminton team, said that India could fight for gold medals in all categories in the next 4-8 years.

“Achieving this goal requires strong planning and implementation, and a scientific approach,” he said.

“In the last eight years, Indian sports have come a long way. The structures set up by the government are beginning to show results. But there is still a long way to go.

Gopi Chand said, “We have to identify the talented players. They should be given continuous scientific training along with international exhibitions. The first step towards this is to identify the players keeping in view their physicality and abilities.”

Former India football captain Baicheng Bhutia said the country should target individual sports as China has done to win more medals.

He said that India should realistically aim for 14 medals in 2024 Olympics but winning 50 should be a long term plan.

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“Shooting is the biggest hope for a medal at the Olympics. Badminton, wrestling and archery also have great potential,” he said.

On private investment in sports, Bhutia said academies set up by athletes are the way forward.

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