May 29, 9 months ago

Sports Minister Vijay Goel sets target for the Commonwealth & Asian Games

Sports Minister Vijay Goel sets target for the Commonwealth & Asian Games

As the Commonwealth Games & Asian Games are approaching in 2018, the sports ministry held a review meeting on Monday with all stake holders, including officials of the National Sports Federations (NSFs) here.

The meeting was held With an aim to help raise India’s medal tally at the 2018 Commonwealth and Asian Games.

Sports minister Vijay Goel said funds will not be an issue for the preparation of the core group of athletes. “The government has enhanced financial assistance to NSFs, a major step to support preparations,” he said after the meeting.

The minister has set a target of  finishing among the top four in medals at the CWG and the top five at the Asian Games.

Besides officials of the National Sports Federations, government observers of various federations were also present. Abhinav Bindra, India’s only individual Olympic gold medalist, who is an observer for shooting, was absent as he was travelling abroad.

India’s successful 2010 CWG on home soil saw them finish second in the medals table after a haul of 101 with 38 gold, 27 silver and 36 bronze. There was a dip in the show at Glasgow four years later. India won 64 medals in Scotland with 15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze to be ranked fifth.

The performance in Asian Games has not been steady too. In the last six continental events, India’s best position was at the 2010 Guangzhou Games. India’s medal tally was 65 with 14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze. However, at the 2014 Incheon Games, it came down to 57 with 11 gold, ten silver and 36 bronze.




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