In what was a huge step by the government of India, 12 Olympians including the likes of Abhinav Bindra, Mary Kom and PT Usha were named as the National Observers in their respective sports with the sole intention of observing and assisting the youth of the country. (Abhinav Bindra, Mary Kom and PT Usha named as National Observers)
“The National Observers will assist the Government, Sports Authority of India, and National Sports Federations (NSFs) concerned including Indian Olympic Association in the preparation and implementation of the long term development plan with respect to high priority and priority sports covering all aspects including selection policy, quality specifications for National Camps, long term athlete development plan, coaching development, development of technical officials and monitoring & evaluation of athlete performance,” said a Sports Ministry statement.
“Apart from providing inputs for their respective disciplines, the National Observers would also to be consulted as a group on crosscutting issues impacting sports development in the country.” (Abhinav Bindra, Mary Kom and PT Usha named as National Observers)
This initiative is supposed to help India on its way to mission 2020, 2024 and 2028.
Many other athletes are also a part of this National Observers team including Anju Bobby George (athletics), Sanjeev Kumar Singh (archery), Aparna Popat (badminton), Akhil Kumar (boxing), Jagbir Singh (hockey), Somdev Devvarman (tennis), Karnam Malleshwari (weightlifting), Sushil Kumar (wrestling), IM Vijayan (football), Khajan Singh (swimming) and Kamlesh Mehta (table tennis).
After recently telling India to forget about Tokyo 2020, Bindra now has a chance make a difference to some of the brightest prospects in the country. (Abhinav Bindra, Mary Kom and PT Usha named as National Observers) Let us see how he can change things around in India.