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Set sights on 2016 Olympics: Rathore

NEW DELHI, SEPT. 14. Olympics silver medallist Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has suggested that separate sums of money should be allocated for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 editions of the Olympics.

Participating in a panel discussion on `Nation building through sports', organised by the FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) here on Tuesday, Major Rathore said India should start its preparation for the 2016 Olympics now itself. The function was conducted to felicitate Major Rathore.

"It's too late to pick talents for the Beijing Olympics. We should set our sights on the 2016 edition. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) should spot talents from the schools," he said.

``Screening should be done at the school-level. There should be incentives for the schools or the districts producing champions,'' he said.

The IOA President, Suresh Kalmadi, called for private sector's support to hire psychologists and foreign coaches.

He also lamented that IOA's Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) did not yield anything.

Kalmadi opined sports federations and the Government were to be blamed for India's poor show at Athens. ``Now, Commonwealth Games is the last chance to show the World that we have come forward as a nation in the field of sports. It will strengthen our bid to host the 2016 Olympics,'' Kalmadi said.

Member of Parliament and shooter Navin Jindal said the government should give 200 per cent tax exemption if it wants to see the private sector playing their role. — Agencies

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