Former India cricketer Rahul Dravid, current Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and Commonwealth gold medallist Abhinav Bindra have been included in a new committee to select potential Olympic medallists. The committee has been named “Target Mission Olympic Podium Scheme”.
Amrit Thakur, who has been appointed as convener, stated, “It is an honour for me to head such a prestigious committee having illustrious names like Dravid, Bindra and Gopichand. Our mandate is to select about 75-100 sportspersons under TOP scheme. We will ensure that promising sportspersons across various sports are identified and trained. Our aim is to take the medal tally to double digits in Rio 2016 Olympics and India should win 20 medals in 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”
The eight-member committee also consists of Pullela Gopichand, Director General of SAI (Sports Authority of India), Joint Secretary sports, MYAS and CEO of Mittal Champions Trust Manisha Malhotra.