Sonowal meets Rio Olympics hopefuls at SAI

Sarbananda Sonowal interacted with many sportspersons, including sprinter Dutee Chand, discus throwers Kirpal Singh and Baljinder Singh, and enquired about their preparations for Olympics Games.

Sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal interacted with many sportspersons as they prepared for the Olympics.   -  PTI

Union sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal today visited the Sports Authority of India (SAI) training institute here and met the Rio Olympics probables to get an idea of the preparations and facilities offered to them.

During the surprise visit, Sonowal interacted with many sportspersons, including sprinter Dutee Chand, discus throwers Kirpal Singh and Baljinder Singh, and enquired about their preparations for Olympics Games, which will begin on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro.

“The athletes conveyed that they are quite comfortable and satisfied with the facilities offered to them,” Sonowal said.

However, a few sportspersons, including Ankit Sharma said that Athletics Federation of India has not been providing them food supplements since October 2015 and requested the minister to do the needful.

Sonowal assured the athletes that the problem will be sorted out within next few days.

Ankit Sharma said that due to doping issues, the AFI was not providing food supplements. Veteran coach Bahadur Singh said except AFI, other sports bodies were providing food supplements to the sportspersons of different disciplines.

Sonowal said that that the government will look into the need for constructing indoor training tracks in places like Patiala, where athletes practice outdoors in very hot summers.

Sonowal said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is monitoring India’s preparations for the Olympics.

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