September 30, 2022

Defence Minister to felicitate Service olympians at Army Sports Institute Pune

Gold medalist Subedar Neeraj Chopra and other service personnel, who represented India at Tokyo Olympics, likely to be present

Defence Minister to interact with budding sportsmen of ASI and troops

Rajnath Singh to visit Headquarters of Southern Command

Chief of Army Staff and Southern Army Commander to accompany Defence Minister

New Delhi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will felicitate the Olympians from the Services at the Army Sports Institute (ASI) Pune on August 23. All the Armed Forces personnel, who represented India in the recently-concluded Tokyo Olympics including Gold medalist Javelin Thrower Subedar Neeraj Chopra are likely to be present on the occasion.

Rajnath Singh will also interact with the budding sportsmen of ASI and troops during his visit. He will visit the Headquarters of Southern Command. The Defence Minister will be accompanied by Chief of the Army Staff General MM Naravane and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of the Southern Command Lieutenant General JS Nain.

Indian Army has always been the backbone of Indian sports – from Major Dhyan Chand to Subedar Neeraj Chopra who etched their names in golden letters in the history of Indian sports. The Indian Army’s ‘Mission Olympics’ programme was launched in 2001 as a Key Responsibility Area (KRA) to raise the standard of sports with the intent to win medals in international events, including Olympics.

ASI, Pune is a unique and world class sports institute of Indian Army, and has produced 34 Olympians, 22 Commonwealth Games medalists, 21 Asian Games medalists, six Youth Games medalists and 13 Arjuna awardees. Besides the dedication of these sportspersons, their success is attributed to the hard work of the support staff at ASI.

ASI, Pune has evolved as a premier sports training institute to prepare the service sportspersons for international competitions through scientific talent identification, systematic training, world class coaching, sports science support, international exposure and good infrastructure support in synergy with the Armed Forces, National Sports Federation and other sports agencies at national and international levels.

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