Tokyo Olympics: Go for elusive medal, Sachin Tendulkar tells Games-bound track and field athletes


Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday (July 20) urged India’s athletics squad for Tokyo Olympics to benefit from the strain and not be slowed down by it throughout the Games as he joined the nationwide federation in giving them an internet send-off. In the digital occasion, Tendulkar advised them to chase the dream of profitable an Olympic medal relentlessly.

“A lot of people say there is win or loss in sport but my message is that the loss should be for your opponent and the win for you. You should go for the medal,” Tendulkar mentioned.

“Don’t stop chasing your dream and the dream should be the medal around your neck, National Anthem playing and the tri-colour flying high.”

The track and field contingent could have 47 members, together with 26 athletes. There can be 11 coaches, eight assist employees, one workforce physician and one workforce chief. The AFI has named a 26-member workforce and the contingent leaves for Tokyo on July 23.

Tendulkar mentioned strain is an athlete’s companion in all sports activities and it’s essential to channelise it into a greater efficiency. “Expectation of people has grown because of your improved performance. That is a good thing. I had always enjoyed pressure or expectation from the people. You have to change it to positive energy.”

Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, on whom the nation is pinning its hopes to win a medal, agreed with Tendulkar that expectations from the nation’s athletes have elevated due to their good efficiency.

“The country has expectations from us because we have produced better performance. We will do our best and try to meet the expectations by winning medal,” Chopra mentioned.

Drawing parallels along with his illustrious cricket profession, Tendulkar mentioned, “I used to be a small boy when India gained the World Cup in 1983 and I needed to carry that trophy someday.

“That day came in 2011 and no host country had won the trophy then. That was the best moment in my life. You cannot wish to achieve more than that.”

He additionally suggested the athletes to face the lean patches of their careers with fortitude. “I had confronted it once I had the tennis elbow and the shoulder surgical procedure. I had needed to play matches to get again and I went to England.

“After playing 15-16 years for the country, you may start thinking why one is going through all these regiments and routine. But till the time you have the enthusiasm to play for the country, you must chase the dream.”

AFI President Adille Sumariwalla additionally hoped that the athletics workforce can win the elusive Olympic medal this time. The athletics occasions can be held from July 30 to August 8 and India’s hopes are primarily from Chopra.


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