Golf must be looked at with a more focussed objective: Khullar

Last Updated: Jan 10, 2011, 14:54 PM IST

New Delhi: India is hoping to use the inclusion of golf in Olmypics to give a serious boost to the sporting discpline in the country in a much more focused manner in the next six years, said secretary of Youth Affairs
and Sports Sindhushree Khullar, here on Monday.

"We need to look at golf with a much more focused objective in the next six years and that would require board-banding of the sport," said Khullar in a seminar on `Golf in Olympics -- Challenges and Opportunities` organized by industry body, FICCI.

"There is a need to develop infrastructure, appoint foreign coaches with special attention on particular individuals. Make equipment available and give as much of international exposure as possible to the players," she said.

In 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, golf will have field of 60 players for each of the men`s and women`s competitions.

And while the top 15 golfers in both the men and women`s categories will gain an automatic entry, the rest of the field would be selected based on world ranking with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top 15.

"We need to zero down the areas where we have to put in efforts. Those who are already playing the game must be given proper training so that they improve further and develop their game to break into the 60 bracket," said Khullar.

Further stressing on the need to develop the 200 odd private golf courses in the country, which allow restricted entry, the minister said that the government also needs to built courses in its own land to allow access to everyone.

"We must develop proper training camps, where, if needed each individual must be provided with a coach. Other aspects like physical training and sports science must also be looked into," added Khullar.

Meanwhile, when the minister was asked about whether India must retain the foreign coaches in various sporting discplines, who helped the country win bagful of medals at last year`s Commonwealth Games as well as the Asian Games, Khullar said the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has been
given instruction to look into it the matter.

"SAI has been asked to give the details of all the foreign coaches in the country and make a list of those who must be retained," said Khullar.

Asked about talented gymnast Ashish Kumar, who need to participate in various internationals tournaments and the World Championship in order to get qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, Khullar said, "I have already said that there would be enough opportunities and exposure to be given to talented players.

"There will also be training programmes made for the individuals and also look after at their participations (in varoius tournaments) and preparations."

The 19-year-old gymnast from Allahabad had won a bronze in men`s floor exercise and a silver in men`s vault in the Delhi Games, followed by a bronze in the men`s floor event in the Asian Games.

PTI