New Delhi: India’s Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal, has said that the nation’s showing at the recent Incheon Asian Games was below their expectations.
“In the recently concluded Asian Games, we finished in eighth position with 11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze medals. This, I must confess, is below our expectation.
PM Narendra Modi (sitting, right) and MoS for Youth Affairs and Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal (sitting, left) with some of the Incheon Asian Games medal winners at New Delhi yesterday. Pic/PTI
“This only shows that the competition in the international arena is getting tougher and tougher day-by-day,” he said.
“If we have to retain the top positions, we will have to work harder, faster and stronger. Without being complacent, we need to put in our extra efforts and cross that extra mile to achieve excellence in sports,” he said.
India bagged bagged 57 medals (11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze) at Incheon.
Sonowal was speaking at a ceremony where Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated India’s Incheon Asiad medallists.
Modi also granted an additional Rs 450 crore for the development of sports in the country, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal announced yesterday.