Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is a United Nations Ambassador for the girl child, has sponsored the coaching of two women athletes who will represent the country at global platforms, IANS reported yesterday.
The 71-year-old veteran has sponsored women shooters Ayonika Paul and Pooja Ghatkar as part of the Medals4India campaign initiated by the NGO Olympic Gold Quest.
Yesterday, the 21-year-old Ayonika bagged her maiden international medal as a senior shooter by settling for a bronze in the 10m air rifle event in the ISSF World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia.
Olympic Gold Quest is a programme of the Foundation of Sports And Games (founded in 2001), started by Indian sporting icons to identify and support Indian athletes with a proven track record and who have the potential to win Olympic gold medals.
The main goal behind the initiative is to help them win at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The funds will help with their training and equipment in preparation for their respective competitions, said a source.