Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju said on Monday that India has the potential to break the record for the most medals ever won at the 2012 London Olympics during next year’s Tokyo Olympics. India did their best ever by winning two silver and four bronze medals in London 2012 but in Rio 2016, the players disappointed and could win only two medals.
Rijiju said, ‘We are evaluating the performance of our players under the TOPS program. Now we have come half way. 61 players have qualified for Tokyo. The qualifying process will run until May. It is not correct to say how many medals we will win eight-nine months before the Games. I am only now assessing that we have the ability to break London Olympics’ record. ‘
Rijiju said that there are many issues related to the sports sector in the country that need to be resolved. He said, ‘There are many issues. Good governance is the biggest issue. Many times if the player is performing well, the federation does not forward the player, They do not tell the ministry about it. The players, the federation and the government will have to work together. Earlier the federation and the government always fought among themselves but when I became a minister, I called the federations and said that I have not come to rule over you. I have come here to help you and the players.