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OAI eyes welfare of past & present Olympians

 Agencies |  2016-07-05 23:28:27.0  |  New Delhi

OAI eyes welfare of past & present Olympians

Founded by five-time Olympian Shiva Keshavan (luge) as its president, the organisation boasts of acclaimed stars like former India hockey captain Viren Rasquinha as vice president, Malav Shroff (sailing) as general secretary and Adille Sumariwalla (athletics) as treasurer. 

Other important office bearers comprise Ashwini Nachappa (athletics), Saina Nehwal (badminton), Hakimuddin Habibulla (swimming) and MC Mary Kom (boxing), Rathore, Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, bronze medal winners Yogeshwar Dutt, London bronze medallist Gagan Narang and Beijing Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh among others.

 The OAI proposes to look after the welfare of former and current Olympians through their careers and beyond and is the first and only non-profit organisation by Olympians for Olympians in the country. 

It is directly affiliated to the World Olympians Association (WOA) under the International Olympic Committee (IOC).  IOC member and Athletes Commission chairperson Claudia Bokel along with World Olympians Association treasurer, and IOC Athletes Commission Member Patrick Singleton also came out in full support of the event.

The OAI has drawn a roadmap of their plans which will see the development of athletes through various schemes, including education and skill development, health insurance and pension, mentorship of young athletes, legal advice and IOC athletes career programme. 

It will also create awareness through an outreach programme that will require getting involved with every Indian Olympian and working with each of them. 

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