Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore must be made Sports Minister, says Milkha Singh

20 August 2016, 04:20 PM
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore must be made Sports Minister: Milkha Singh
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore must be made Sports Minister: Milkha Singh

India's legendary athlete Milkha Singh on Saturday suggested that Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore must be made the union sports minister with "appropriate support" for better results in future multi-sporting world events such as the Olympics.     

"I have a suggestion, make Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore theSports Minister and put him in charge with appropriate funding and resource support. Put different individuals as heads for different sports and give them all support to get medals for India. We have the talent in India and with the right effort,I am confident that we can do it," Milkha said.

'Flying Sikh' Milkha complimented PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malikand Dipa Karmakar for their stellar performance at the Olympics."I had tears in my eyes when I saw PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik drape the national flag around their shoulders after receiving their medals. My wife Nirmal, who was an Inter Varsity badminton player herself, joins me in congratulating PV Sindhu, her parents and her coach Gopichand for the wonderful achievement.

"I would also like to congratulate Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar, their parents and coaches for their sacrifices and for proving that with hard work and determination, Indians can excel and this should be an inspiration to our boys as well.You ladies have made India proud and we are grateful to you,"said the 'Flying Sikh'. 

While badminton ace Sindhu became the first ever womanathlete from India to have won an Olympic silver medal, Sakshiis the first-ever Indian woman wrestler to have won an Olympicmedal.     

Gymnast Dipa's fourth-place finish in the individual vault final in Rio is India's best performance in the eventat an international competition."As soon as the Rio Olympics are over, work should begin on the next two games with a clear objective of winning medalsthere, keeping in mind the improving world standards. Today wehave the infrastructure and resources. Nothing is lacking. Weshould get top class coaches on a contract basis and empowerthem and our sports people to go for gold."

First Published: Saturday, August 20, 2016 04:10 PM

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