Task Force to Prepare for Future Olympics

India's V. Sindhu Pusarla wears her silver medal during the medal ceremony for women's badminton singles at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

India’s V. Sindhu Pusarla wears her silver medal during the medal ceremony for women’s badminton singles at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

India had hoped for a number of medals at the Rio Olympics. After the medal count did not reach the country’s expectations, a decision was made to better prepare for future Olympics.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that a task force would be set up for future Olympic Games, more specifically, for the Games set to take place in 2020, 2024, and 2028. Modi has stressed the importance of linking education and sports in India for some time now. He feels that it is important to focus on the youth, giving them the best opportunities and training possible.

The role of the task force is to prepare an action plan that will ensure more effective participation of the country’s competitors in the upcoming Olympics Games, the first of which will take place in Tokyo in 2020. While the task force has come about as a result of the recent Rio Olympics, preparing athletes for international competition is important not only for the Olympics, but also for the Commonwealth Games, and the Asian Games.

There has been a move towards improving India’s participation in sports over the past few months. When Sachin Tendulkar had asked Modi to include athletes in his Independence Day speech, Modi had noted that there was no reason to wait until Independence Day arrived, and that the subject could be addressed immediately.

In a number of tweets, Modi noted: “India is phenomenally proud of all our athletes in Rio & their hard work that got them there. Victory & setbacks are all a part of life.”

He added: “I urge all athletes who have their games remaining to give their best & play with determination, not get burdened by what the result will be.”

“The endurance, determination & dedication of every Indian athlete who is in Rio makes us very proud. They are India’s pride,” tweeted the Prime Minister.

India won two medals in the Rio Olympics 2016. One was won by PV Sindhu, and the other by Sakshi Malik.