Milkha Singh feels India needs quality coaches, determination like the Chinese

Milkha Singh says India can produce Olympic-medal winning athletes but coaches need to be held accountable, structured academies should be ensured and there should be a sense of determination like in China.

updated: July 19, 2013 09:07 IST
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Legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh feels while sportspersons should always strive to put their best effort, coaches too need to be held accountable and that they should be result oriented.

Also known as The Flying Sikh and currently in spotlight for a Bollywood movie based on his life being screened across the country, Milkha Singh underlined the need to have able and skilled coaching staffs. "A lot is expected from athletes but we need good coaches as well. We should have coaches who can produce results and even if we need to hire them on contracts, we should do that. We need to set targets for them," he was quoted as saying by media reports.

While Milkha Singh holds the distinction of being the only Indian male sprinter with an individual athletics Commnwealth Games Gold, he says the country is capable of producing even Olympic medal winning runners but requires attention towards the sport. "We need athletes who can win us medals at the Olympics. Athletics needs more focus because it is the heart and soul of any Olympics. Today, Jamaica is known because of just one man - Usain Bolt. Not many Indians have managed to reach the finals of track and field events at the Olympics and that says it all," he said. "It can be done only if we have structured academies and the same determination that the Chinese show."

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