New Delhi: Olympic bronze medallists
Vijender Singh and Sushil Kumar on Tuesday said Indian athletes are
preparing hard for the fast-approaching Commonwealth Games and
the Asian Games and the country can expect a rich medal haul
in the twin events.
"Our practice is going on well in Patiala and we are
working very hard for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian
Games," said the world number one boxer Vijender at the launch
of `Samsung Sports Ratna` program offering scholarships to 10
athletes across various sports disciplines for the 16th Asian
Games to be held in Guangzhou, China in November this year.
The 10 athletes who were signed for the scholarship
program are shooters Abhinav Bindra, Manavjit Singh Sandhu,
Gagan Narang and Ranjan Sodhi, boxers Vijender, Akhil,
Thokchom Nanao Singh and Mayengbam Suranjoy Singh, wrestlers
Sushil and Ramesh Kumar.
"The fact that the Commonwealth Games will be held in
Delhi will also be a motivating factor because competing in
front of home crowd always pumps you up," Vijender said.
"Preparation for the Games is going well and this time I
won`t let you down," added Commonwealth Games gold medallist
boxer Akhil Kumar who is seeking to end his injury-ravaged
indifferent run of the past two years in the event to held
Sushil said the Indians would fetch a good medal tally in
both the events.
"The kind of training that we are going through and the
support that we are getting, we should win a lot of medals in
both the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games," he said.
Ramesh, the first Indian to win a medal at the World
Championships in over 40 years, said the training would get
more intense as the Games approach.
"Right we are training for just three hours a day but as
the Games come closer the number of hours we put in will go
up," he said.
Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman of Indian Olympic Association,
who was also present at the occasion said, "I hope that the
scholarship for the individual players and the company`s
support to the Indian Olympic Association for the entire team
will yield strong and positive results in a richer medal tally
for the country".