Ministry panel to streamline big meet preparations


“A Task Force was constituted in September 2016 for preparation of a comprehensive action plan, including short-term and medium to long-term measures for effective participation of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympic Games to be held in 2020 (Tokyo), 2024 (Paris) and 2028 (Los Angeles). The 8-member Task Force submitted its interim report on 22.05.2017 with focus on preparations in the short-term for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games,” Sports Minister Vijay Goel stated in a release.

The ESC will be headed by an Honorary Chairperson (to be appointed by the Government) and will comprise an IOA representative, three eminent athlete representatives who have retired from active sports within past 10 years (to be selected from three high priority sports having strong medal prospect at Olympic level), one elite coach from a high priority sport to be selected from amongst the existing chief coaches or high performance director; three sports scientists, one each from the disciplines of bio-mechanics, sports nutrition and sports psychology; two representatives from government (one each from department of sports and the Sports Authority of India); one High Performance Director and one Chief Executive Officer (to be selected through a search committee).

Also, the ESC can co-opt not more than two experts on need basis.

The committee has been tasked with varied responsibilities, some of which include reviewing the core probable list of each high priority and priority disciplines for Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Olympic Games and make recommendations with respect to additions or deletions.

It will also review the Annual Calendar for Training and Competitions (ACTCs) approved by the government in consultation with the National Sports Federation (NSF) and make specific recommendations with respect to any additional or supplementary requirements. The committee will recommend names of national and international training institutions for their empanelment for providing training, coaching and other support to TOPS athletes, including negotiated packages. It will also make specific recommendations for strengthening sport sciences within SAI as well as outsourcing sports science to support the national campers.

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