Former Sports minister and Member of Parliament Rajyavardhan Singh Rathod expressed confidence that Khelo India programme will not only create Olympic gold medalists but also mentor international standard sportsmen at the school level in the next ten years.
He hoped that India can win 100 gold medals by 2032 olympic games. He was taking part in the discussion on the demands for Grants for the year 2019-20 under the control of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in Lok Sabha today.
Addressing the issue of sports funding, Mr. Rathod said that constitution of National Sports Development Fund has encouraged corporate funding that provides customized training to our elite sportsmen.
He suggested that the Corporate heads should be made members of the Sports Boards so that funding further improves.
Saying that professionals passionate about their area of sports are selected in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme, Mr. Rathod pointed out that sportsmen today have easy access to world class training facilities. He stressed that the Modi Government has brought honour to Indian players in world arena reflecting the image of new India.