India is of the size of continent, should finish in top 5 at Olympics: Kiren Rijiju

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Sports minister Kiren Rijiju has said India is such a large country that it should finish among the top 5 at the Olympics rather than satisfying with a couple of medals.

Speaking at the book launch of ‘Dreams of a Billion India and the Olympic Games’ co-written by Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta, Rijiju stressed on his target to convert India into a sporting powerhouse and bring in structural reform changes.

“From this year, we are going to start junior TOPS scheme, so that means we will start funding the junior, at the age of 12, 13, 14,” Rijiju said, adding, “The parents need not worry about taking care of the child who is interested in sports. If we see potential the government will definitely take care of them.”

The sports minister said India is such a large country that it should finish among the top 5 at the Olympics and one should not be talking about just a couple of medals at the prestigious global tournament.

“The mindset of society is reflected in your action. You can not blame anyone for India not being able to perform in the Olympics. The size of India is not suitable to talk about 3-4 medals. India is of the size of a continent, we should be talking about figuring in top 5. It is changing, it will change.”

 





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