India’s Sports Minister Vijay Goel has asked Twitterati to suggest ways to prepare for the next Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo in 2020. The suggestions which poured in ranged from increase in investment, foreign coaching, to preventing Netas from traveling with athletes to these events.
“The Tokyo Olympics is in 4 years but we can't lose time, hence it's important to speed up the preparation as if it's just 1 year away. Do share your suggestions,” Vijay Goel had written on his Twitter account on Wednesday. This is perhaps the first time the Sports Ministry have opened themselves up to public suggestions, and it did create a lot of engagement on the social media.
Although it is yet to be seen as to how these suggestions are actually implemented, it is a good start none the less, especially after the dismal performance by the nation’s largest-ever Olympic contingent at Rio.
Here are some of the suggestions Vijay Goel has received:
@YSatarkar Yes, have already discussed with Finance Minister too to double the annual budget in order to implement many projects.— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) November 17, 2016
@VijayGoelBJP get the best athletes /ex athletes in each sport or discipline and seek their advices. Most stadiums are under utilised by SAI— Rakesh ManpaT (@forglori) November 17, 2016
@VijayGoelBJP An Indian sportsman's success depends on whom he knows rather than how he plays. Change that and you will get medals .— Rupam (@GrasshopperNw) November 17, 2016
@VijayGoelBJP incentives systems need to be implemented for SAI officials to get out of their rotten chairs and nurture n find talent !— Rakesh ManpaT (@forglori) November 17, 2016
@VijayGoelBJP in west and south india ,there is a small community called sidi of African origin,we should focus on them for long dist. races— aditya kumar (@adityak31262164) November 21, 2016
Definitely, equestrian sport is something we must explore and work to promote it. https://t.co/jjvYPgGZpu— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) November 17, 2016
Will soon launch Sports Talent Hunt portal enabling young players from across India to share their info & we will groom accordingly. https://t.co/Efx45sfHMe— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) November 17, 2016
However, some of the fans took this opportunity to troll the minister, especially after his recent gaffe at the Rio Olympics.
.@VijayGoelBJP Please resign.!— Ayush (@ITMajdur) November 17, 2016