Mean­ing­ful train­ing, medals rain­ing!

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The sports min­istry is headed by an Olympic sil­ver medal­list, Ra­jyavard­han Singh Rathore, who has no doubt guided and in­structed the var­i­ous fed­er­a­tions on how to go about their train­ing and prepa­ra­tion rou­tines for the ath­letes.

In­dia’s per­for­mance in the Asian Games is heart­warm­ing in­deed. It only shows that if the ath­letes are given proper train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and good coach­ing, they will lift their per­for­mances and bring the medals home.

There is also the mat­ter of the sports min­istry of the gov­ern­ment of In­dia be­ing headed by an Olympic sil­ver medal­list, Ra­jyavard­han Singh Rathore, who has no doubt guided and in­structed the var­i­ous fed­er­a­tions on how to go about their train­ing and prepa­ra­tion rou­tines for the ath­letes.

Such ex­pe­ri­ence as Rathore has is so cru­cial, for even the most well­mean­ing of­fi­cial who hasn’t done the hard yards that Rathore has put in will ever be able to un­der­stand what an in­ter­na­tional ath­lete re­quires to win at these events.

The next Olympics are a cou­ple of years away and the prepa­ra­tion for that should start now it­self. The Asian Games medal haul cer­tainly gives the hope that with train­ing and prepa­ra­tion, In­dia can get more medals than in the pre­vi­ous Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

P. V. Sindhu was bril­liant once again as she got the sil­ver medal, but even she would now be be­gin­ning to won­der if she is ever go­ing to get the gold. She has now reached the fi­nals of ma­jor events reg­u­larly, but not quite gone on to win­ning the gold medal. It is like a bats­man who gets to 99 in ev­ery in­nings, but is un­able to score that one run to reach the coveted cen­tury.

Mind you, get­ting to the fi­nals is a tremen­dous achieve­ment, es­pe­cially in such a com­pet­i­tive sport like bad­minton where play­ers hardly stay at the top for more than a cou­ple of years. This is be­cause of young tal­ent com­ing through reg­u­larly. Sindhu

PTI

An in­spi­ra­tion: Sports min­is­ter Ra­jyavard­han Singh Rathore is prov­ing to be a great helms­man.

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