Sports Minister hopes India will improve medal tally at Paris Olympics

New Delhi. Sports Minister Mansukh Mandaviya expressed hope that the Indian contingent will set a new benchmark in the upcoming Paris Olympics and emphasized that sports have been a priority for the government in recent years. Mandaviya said during the formal send-off of the Paris-bound athletes and unveiling of the kit, “I am confident that this team will maintain India’s growth in sports.”

Mandaviya said, “We have won seven medals in Tokyo, up from two medals in Rio 2016. Neeraj Chopra’s gold medal has taken India from 67th to 48th (rank) in the table. I hope our athletes will take us even higher in the medal tally this time.” The farewell ceremony was attended by athletes, Indian Olympic Association President PT Usha and Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. The program was informed about the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) to support athletes ahead of the Games.

“The government has supported athletes through various schemes like TOPS, which provides special support to outstanding performers,” she said. Three kits (formal dress, sports dress, and travel dress) of the Indian contingent going to Paris were unveiled. “This event is not just about unveiling the kit and formal dress but symbolizes the dreams and aspirations of billions of Indians who are united behind the athletes,” she said. IOA chief Usha said the athletes will be provided with the best support system in Paris.

She said, “We have assembled a strong team under the leadership of Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala. It includes sports medicine experts, wellness experts, nutritionists, physiotherapists and a sleep scientist.” Usha said, “For the first time, the IOA will also give participation allowance to the athletes and coaching and support staff. I am confident that India will come back with its best performance in Paris compared to any Olympics.” The Indian contingent includes around 120 athletes, including Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra in javelin throw, a 16-member men’s hockey team and a record 21 shooters.

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