Nehwal, Narang, Mary Kom Olympics medal hopes, says Anand

Last Updated: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 10:45

Mumbai: Pinning hopes on the likes of Saina
Nehwal, Gagan Narang and Mary Kom to win medals at the 2012
London Olympics, world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand has
said India will have to start planning for the 2016 edition of
the quadrennial event from now to get good results.

"Right now the likes of Saina, Gagan and Mary are some of
our big hopes. Then we also have some younger promising
players," the chess ace told reporters when asked about India`s
medal hopefuls at the mega sporting event.

"Clearly, our target is two. It’s better than one but we
should be able to get more. It think you need some time to
build it up. At this moment we not only have to plan for 2012,
but 2016 as well for good results," he said.

Anand will be mentoring and training potential athletes
for Olympics and is going to be active on the `Power your
champion` initiative of the Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), the NGO
floated by legends Prakash Padukone and Geet Sethi.

The 41-year-old said the OGC`s objective was to ensure
that the country did not lose out any medals just because the
talented athletes lack access to facilities or equipment.

"I think as athletes what we would have liked is some
organisation to take the practical details out of the way.
Its not a sportsman`s job to look for sponsorships, worry
about equipment, visa, tickets. That`s not what he should be
doing. We at OGQ try to sort out these issues and get him the
best medical facility, the best physio trainer and so on.”

"Ultimately it comes to the athlete. We cannot perform
for them. But we want to make sure that if they are very
talented we shouldn`t lose the medal because they don`t have
the right equipment or medical facilities," he said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 10:45

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