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GANGTOK,: Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia has been included in the revamped Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) announced Thursday by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
The MOC was revamped and the number of its core members comprising of former athletes was doubled to make it even more athlete-centric than it has been so far, informs a PIB release.
MOC drives India’s Olympics preparation through Target Olympics Podium (TOPS) initiative of the ministry. This has been done to accelerate India’s progress on the global sports stage.
Along with Bhaichung, World Athletics Championships long jump medallist Anju Bobby George, former India hockey captain Sardara Singh, rifle shooting legend Anjali Bhagwat, former hockey captain and Olympic Gold Quest CEO Viren Rasquinha, table tennis star Monalisa Mehta and badminton ace Trupti Murgunde have been included in the cell.
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur said the decision was driven by the experience gained in the last Olympic cycle. “The inputs by former athletes in the incumbent MOC played a significant role in supporting the training and competition of the athletes who competed in Tokyo 2020 and won seven medals and 19 in Para Olympic Games,” he said.
Olympian sailor and sports science specialist Dr. Malav Shroff will continue to be in the MOC. Athletics Federation of India president Adile Sumeriwala, TOPS CEO Pushpendra Garg are other former players in the MOC.
Cabinet minister Arjun Munda, Ajay Singh and Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh by virtue of presidents of Archery Association of India, Boxing Federation of India and Wrestling Federation of India will be part of the MOC. The MOC will be chaired by the SAI director general, the PIB release mentions.