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India must target to be among top 10 countries in 2028 Olympics: Rijiju

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Diginitariea at the unveil of India House logo

New Delhi: Kiren Rijiju believes India must be among the top 10 countries at 2028 Olympics medals haul for him to succeed as the sports minister.

Rijiju said India cannot lag behind in sports snymore, terming the state of management of National Sports Federations (NSF) “unacceptable”.

“Our country is set to become the third-largest economy in the world by 2022 or 2024, we will be in top three in many fields in the next four-five years. There is no reason why we cannot do well in Olympics,” Rijiju said while unveiling the logo of India House to be established in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics.

“2020 Olympics is too near but by 2024 or in 2028, India should be in top 10 in medals tally. It is our target. If India cannot do this, I will feel my becoming Sports Minister is of no use,” he added.

The IOA should the standard of governance in NSFs is high, Rijiju said, stressing on the need to harness athete’s careers.

“Mediocrity in sports management will not be accepted. This is very much needed if we want to become a sports powerhouse in the near future. The IOA and the NSFs will have to have high standards of governance. I am happy with the functioning of the IOA. I want the IOA and NSFs to follow high standards of governance.

“Ego of those in sports management does not serve any purpose. If the career of an athlete is ruined because of the ego of people in the management, the government will not tolerate it. Our approach is athlete-centric and sports centric,” he said.

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