Chandigarh, July 11
Punjab Sports activities Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi at this time backed state’s athletes to bag laurels for the nation on the Tokyo Olympics. Punjab is sending second largest contingent of athletes to the Video games.
Extending heat needs to the Olympics-bound gamers, Sodhi mentioned: “India is sending 117-member contingent to the Olympics, out of which 14 per cent gamers belong to Punjab. As we’re sending second largest contingent after Haryana, the gamers from Punjab will be capable to win at the very least three or 4 Olympic medals.”
The minister additionally assured all of the help to the athletes. “We’ll deal with their monetary and logistics,” he mentioned.
Punjab’s contingent consists of Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinderpal Singh, Hardik Singh, Manpreet Singh, Shamsher Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh and Gurjit Kaur (all hockey gamers), Anjum Maudgill and Angad Veer Singh (capturing), Simranjit Kaur (boxing), Kamalpreet Kaur, Tajinderpal Singh Toor and Gurpreet Singh (athletics).
“It’s a proud second for the Punjab because it bought captaincy within the Olympics after 21 years. Manpreet Singh, DSP, Punjab Police, will lead Indian hockey group as captain within the Tokyo Olympics. He will even be a flag bearer of the Indian contingent,” mentioned the minister.
With a bottom-up strategy, Sodhi highlighted that efforts had been being made to create a sporting tradition in Punjab by means of nationwide packages like Khelo India and Match India motion, apart from injecting measures for grass-roots degree motivation. — TPR