Union Government Designated 14 Olympians as National Observers

Union Government Designated 14 Olympians as National Observers

Union Government Designated 14 Olympians as National Observers: New Delhi, Mar 20 (UNI) In a bid to prepare and implement the long term development plan in sports, The Union Sports Ministry today (March 20) designated 14 Olympians as National Observers for 12 disciplines.

Union Government Designated 14 Olympians as National Observers

“The National Observers will assist the Government, Sports Authority of India, and National Sports Federations (NSFs) concerned including Indian Olympic Association in the preparation. And the implementation of the long term development plan with respect to high priority and priority sports covering all aspects including selection policy, quality specifications for National Camps, long term athlete development plan, coaching development, development of technical officials and monitoring & evaluation of athlete performance,” an official statement said.

Union Government Designated 14 Olympians as National Observers

“Apart from providing inputs for their respective disciplines. The National Observers would also to be consulted as a group on crosscutting issues impacting sports development in the country. The National Observers would be playing a key role in the implementation of action plans for Mission Olympics 2020, 2024 and 2028,” added it.

The following Olympians as observers for the 12 disciplines

  1. Athletics – PT Usha and Anju Bobby George
  2. Archery – Sanjeev Kumar Singh
  3. Badminton – Aparna Popat
  4. Boxing – Mary Kom, Akhil Kumar
  5. Hockey – Jagbir Singh
  6. Shooting – Abhinav Bindra
  7. Tennis – Somdev Devvarman
  8. Weightlifting – Karnam Malleshwari
  9. Wrestling – Sushil Kumar
  10. Football – IM Vijayan
  11. Swimming – Khajan Singh
  12. Table Tennis – Kamlesh Mehta

Responsibilities of National Observers

  • The National Observers will assist the Government, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and National Sports Federations (NSFs) and the Indian Olympic Association in their functioning.
  • Their functions include all aspects of the sports including selection policy, quality specifications for national camps. And long term athlete development plan, coaching development, development of technical officials and monitoring and evaluation of athlete performance.
  • Apart from providing inputs for their respective disciplines. The National Observers would also to be consulted as a group on cross cuttings impacting sports development in the country.
  • The National Observers would be playing a key role in the implementation of action plans for Mission Olympics 2020, 2024 and 2028.

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