New Delhi: Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken has said that India will target for 25 medals at the 2020 Olympics as wrestlers Narsingh Yadav and Amit Kumar failed to proceed in the 2012 London Olympics. While speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Maken said that 25 medals at the 2020 Olympics is the target India has set for itself.
Maken said given the efforts the government is putting in to train its athletes, this is a reasonable expectation in eight years' time.
Here is an excerpt of the interview:
Karan Thapar: Do we also need to take a leaf out of China's book? They identified a year or a particular Olympics. They intended to go big and they made an enormous impact in the 90s. Should we target a particular date - 2016 or if its too early 2020?
Ajay Maken: When you mentioned 2016, I was just going to correct you. It can't be so early as 2016. We can go gradually. In 2020 we should aim for at least 25 medals and this is something which is achievable.