New Delhi: Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) today announced its support for London Games bronze medal winning wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt till 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the latest signing ensuring that all the six 2012 mega-event winners are now with the organisation.
London Olympic medallists -- shooters Gagan Narang and Vijay Kumar, boxer M C Marykom, shuttler Saina Nehwal and wrestler Sushil Kumar had already signed up with OGQ.
Founded by sports legends Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone, non-profit organisation OGQ`s support comes to Yogeshwar as he aims to win a gold medal for India at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Yogeshwar has represented India at three consecutive Olympics from Athens 2004 to London 2012. Besides winning a bronze in 60kg freestyle category at London Games, Yogeshwar`s other major achievements include a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and a bronze at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha.
"We are honoured to support an athlete of the calibre of Yogeshwar Dutt. He approached us recently for support with a special emphasis on world class medical support for his knee injury rehabilitation, a dedicated physiotherapist and more foreign exposure for training and competition," Rasquinha, CEO of OGQ, said.
"This is what OGQ does best and we are delighted to support Yogeshwar on the road to Rio," the former Indian hockey captain and Arjuna Awardee added.
Yogeshwar also expressed his delight at his association with OGQ.
"OGQ has such a fine reputation for supporting so many world class athletes. I have spoken to Sushil (Kumar) bhai and Parveen Rana, another wrestler supported by OGQ and they only had wonderful things to say about the professionalism of OGQ and the empathy that they have for the athletes.
"I believe that OGQ has the expertise to provide me with the level of training that is needed to be an Olympic gold medal winner. I will do everything possible to train hard. My first focus is now on the upcoming Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in 2014," said Yogeshwar.