India will send its largest ever contingent - about 90 sports persons - to Olympics in Rio beginning August 5, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
“About 90 athletes have qualified for Olympics in Rio. India will send the largest ever contingent this year,” said Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, while replying on behalf of Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal during Question Hour. Rijiju said 58 sports persons have qualified for individual events while 32 hockey players -- both men and women -- also qualified to participate the Olympics.
The Minister said special assistance has been given to sporting talents for their training both in India and abroad. Former footballer Prasun Banerjee, who had participated in Olympics in Moscow in 1980, said sportspersons used to face infrastructural problems.
Rijiju said government was always ready to accept suggestions and advice for improvement of sports and sporting infrastructure.