India’s Sports Minister, Kiren Rijiju emphatically stated on Monday that his tenure can’t be counted if he doesn’t realize his dream of making India get to the top 10 in the medal tally of the 2028 Olympic Games. Rijiju has time and again maintained that his vision is to make India a powerhouse in the sports scene and he has always stated that India has the potential to compete against sporting giants.
He reiterated his beliefs at the inauguration of a Khelo India State excellence centre in Pune today. During the same, he also stated that sports facilities around the country would be named after eminent sportspersons. Present along with him was the Sports Minister of Maharashtra Sunil Kedar.
‘By 2028, we will be in the top 10’ – Kiren Rijiju
Speaking at the inauguration, Kiren Rijiju said, “If India doesn’t make it to the top ten in the medal tally of 2028 Olympics then don’t count my this tenure as Sports Minister. After the first three months of me becoming the Sports Minister, we announced that India will be in the top 10 in Los Angeles Olympics 2028. We have already started preparation and as I announced earlier, by 2028 we will be in the top ten in the Olympics.
“You will see the effects of this development in 2024 in Paris Olympics, for Tokyo Olympics scheduled in 2021 I won’t say we will be champions in a year. But for those who are going for Tokyo Olympics we will provide all kinds of support required,” he added. He then spoke about the naming of facilities after sportspersons and signed off.