Kiren Rijiju Meets 'Golden Girl' PT Usha; Assures Support To Icon's Athletics School

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Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports Kiren Rijiju on Monday promised support to former Olympic track and field athlete PT Usha's athletics school

Written By Jay Pandya | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju on Monday promised support to former Olympic track and field athlete P T Usha's athletics school. Rijiju and the 'Golden Girl of India' also discussed the challenges faced by athletes of the country.

Rijiju affirms support to PT Usha

Taking to Twitter, the Sports Minister wrote:

Usha who remains one of India's most accomplished athletes with 11 medals at the Asian Games, had retired in 2000 with a promise to nurture a new crop of athletes. The Usha School of athletics, formed in 2002 has consistently managed to produce athletes for the country.

Tintu Luka who has been trained in Usha school of athletics won two gold medals at the Asian Championships. The athlete also won a gold medal in the women's 4x400m relay and a silver in the 800m at the 2014 Asian Games.

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'Hopeful of sending our biggest-ever Olympic contingent'

Rijiju on Sunday claimed India is progressing in the right direction to become a sporting powerhouse in the years to come as there is no dearth of talent in the country. While addressing a gathering on the sidelines of an event in the national capital about India's preparations for this year's Tokyo Olympics, the Sports Minister assured things are progressing in the right direction and the country will send its biggest-ever Olympic contingent for the mega event in Tokyo.

"The preparations for the Tokyo Olympics are going in full swing and even as we speak some of our athletes are participating in the Olympic qualifiers. We are hopeful of sending our biggest-ever Olympic contingent this year and we hope for a better medal haul in Tokyo," the Sports Minister said.

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(With agency inputs)

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