Football icon Bhaichung Bhutia and lengthy jumper Anju Bobby George have been among the many former athletes who have been on Thursday included within the Mission Olympic Cell as India eye a stellar present on the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) is a physique arrange by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to pick out athletes for monetary help below the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).
The MOC additionally focuses on choice, exclusion and retention of athletes, coaches, coaching institutes that may obtain TOPS help.
The different new members added to the committee are former nationwide crew hockey captains Sardar Singh and Viren Rasquinha, capturing nice Anjali Bhagwat, shuttler Trupti Murgundi and paddler Monali.
“I’m happy to nominate ex-athletes @bhaichung15 (Football), @anjubobbygeorg1 (Athletics), @IamSardara_08 (Hockey), @AnjaliB_Oly (Shooting), @virenrasquinha (Hockey), @Monalis60971861 (Table Tennis) & @TMurgunde (Badminton) as the brand new MOC members,” Sports Minister Anurag Thakur tweeted.
“We’re making India’s prep stronger for #ParisOlympics2024! Happy to announce & welcome 7 extra high worldwide athletes to the Mission Olympic Cell. Their expertise will add richly in the direction of creating an athlete-centric ecosystem on the highest degree,” Thakur wrote in one other tweet.
The Indian contingent returned with a file seven medals, together with a historic athletics gold, from the Tokyo Olympics, which was adopted by the para athletes stellar present on the ensuing Paralympics within the Japanese capital.