SAI expecting 10 medals in London Olympics

Lucknow: The Sports Authority of India (SAI) is confident of a good showing from its athletes in the 2012 London Olympics and is expecting a rich haul of at least 10 medals.

"The Indian team is expected to win eight to ten medals at the London Olympics for which concrete preparations are on and an OPEX 2012 programme for providing better facilities to the athletes has been started," SAI Director General Desh Deepak Verma said while inaugurating `Sports Medicine Centre`.

"Under this programme, we have identified 16 sporting disciplines for which 24 foreign coaches would be engaged for training the athletes," he added.

In its bid to enhance India`s medal prospects at international events including Olympics, SAI has decided to increase the number of foreign trips for the athletes, said Verma.

The DG said that there are plans to develop Uttar Pradesh as the `training hub` of badminton and gymnastics besides giving more attention to hockey and wrestling.


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