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Bach seeks govt support for Indian athletes

Bach seeks govt support for Indian athletes

MUMBAI: International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach is baffled by India’s lack of sporting success and will meet the country’s prime minister later this month seeking more fund for the athletes, the country’s Olympic association said on Wednesday.

India’s only individual Olympic gold medal came in 2008 when Abhinav Bindra won the 10 metre air rifle event and the world’s second most populous country’s best overall showing was at the last edition in London where they won six medals.

“Bach is always telling me ‘1.2 billion people in India and you are hardly getting a few medals’,” Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Naraya­n­a­sw­a­my Ramach­andran said in an interview.

“I felt if he meets the prime minister, it will give an impetus to the programme and we can ask for additional funding for the athletes in Olympic disciplines.

“He is definitely bullish on India. After China we have the largest population and we are the largest democracy in the world and it has a nice federal structure.”

Published in Dawn, April 16th, 2015

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