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PM asks states to form committees to prepare for future Olympics

 Agencies |  2016-08-29 23:12:00.0  |  New Delhi

After deciding to form a Task Force to prepare for the next three Olympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked states to set up similar panels as “lot more” needs to be done to improve India’s performance in sports.

During his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, he hailed the girl power as he referred to Rio medal winners — shuttler P V Sindhu, wrestler Sakshi and gymnast Dipa Karmakar. He lauded P Gopichand, ace badminton player and Sindhu’s coach, describing him as an example of a fine teacher.

He referred to his recent announcement to form a Task Force under which the government will “go deep” into the subject, study the best practices in the world and prepare a roadmap for the next three Olympic Games in 2020, 2024 and 2028. “We have to formulate a long-term programme,” he said.

The Prime Minister asked state governments also to form such committees to see what could be done to improve performances in sports. He said states can also send their suggestions to the Centre in this regard.

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