Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced setting up of a special task force aimed for better performance in three forthcoming Olympic Games. The task force will work for next three mega events – 2020 Olympics to be held in Tokyo, and the other two to be held in 2024 and 2028. India, which performed with its largest ever contingent of 118 athletes, could only manage to bag two medals in recently concluded Rio Olympics. While Haryana girl Sakshi Malik won a bronze medal in 58 Kg free-style wrestling, Hyderabad’s PV Sindhu bagged a Silver in women’s badminton, in what was feared to be a dry session for the country.
India’s tally went down from 5 medals in 2012 London Olympics to 2 medals in 2016. Big names like shooter Abhinav Bindra, shooter Jeetu Rai, badminton player Saina Nehwal and wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt failed to perform for India. The Olympics also saw some unusual fiascos as some of the star players couldn’t even qualify for the event due to unusual reasons. While wrestler Narsingh Yadav and shot-putter Inderjeet Singh couldn’t compete in their respective events due to doping charges, star badminton player Saina Nehwal had to drop-out of the event due to a knee injury.
Indian Olympic Association and Sports Ministry also suffered charges of negligence and mismanagements by some of the athletes. Two days after the event concluded, Marathon runner OP Jaisha, who represented India in 42-km run, came out and accused that she was not provided the basic assistance during her event, especially water, which led to her collapse. Apart from such incidents, sports minister Vijay Goel, who was on visit to Rio during the event, was reprimanded by the Rio Olympic organising authorities for his ‘rude’ behaviour, which brought huge embarrassment for the country.