International athletes as Mission Olympic Cell members can suggest focused changes for better results: Shri Anurag Thakur

Key Highlight

  • Sports Minister Addressed the reconstituted MOC, including seven former internationals as new members
  • Government is not shying away from spending money on sports and would not hesitate to increase the budget: Shri Thakur

Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Anurag Singh Thakur today said that the Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) has a great responsibility of helping create an atmosphere of greater positivity in the Indian ecosystem by strengthening the institutional framework so that the nation would do better in Paris 2024.

Addressing the reconstituted MOC, including seven former internationals as new members, Shri Thakur said it would be fair to examine what the Target Olympic Podium Scheme has achieved, if it has helped India gain at the international level and if it has helped National Sports Federations improve their athletes from a high-performance perspective.

He called for a fair evaluation of performances, asking for sharper focus on the big-ticket events like the Olympic Games, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. He said the members have the experience to suggest some changes that can tweak the system to help India get better results in the Olympics Games in Paris.

Thanking the members for being a part of the MOC, he said he was sure that with their exposure and involvement in Indian sport, they would help the Ministry prepare the roadmap for the Paris Olympic Games in 2024 while keeping next year’s Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in mind.

Shri Thakur said the Government is not shying away from spending money on sports and would not hesitate to increase the budget.

With seven new inductees, the number of former internationals in the MOC has gone up to eight. And, with the current Athletics Federation of India President Shri Adille J. Sumariwalla being an Olympian and with the CEO of Target Olympic Podium Cdre. Pushpendra Garg being a world champion sailor, more than half the MOC has worn India colours.

The new inductees are World Athletics Championships Long Jump medallist Anju Bobby George, former India hockey captain Sardara Singh, rifle shooting legend Anjali Bhagwat, former India football captain BaichungBhutia, former hockey captain and CEO Olympic Gold Quest VirenRasquinha table tennis star Monalisa Mehta and badminton ace Trupti Murgunde.



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Hong Kong – SHA congratulates Hong Kong athletes on winning another two gold and one bronze medals at National Games for Persons with Disabilities

SHA congratulates Hong Kong athletes on winning another two gold and one bronze medals at National Games for Persons with Disabilities


     Hong Kong athletes today (October 26) won another two gold and one bronze medals at the 11th National Games for Persons with Disabilities and the 8th National Special Olympic Games of the People’s Republic of China held in Shaanxi Province. The Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Caspar Tsui, extended his heartfelt congratulations to them.

     “Hong Kong athletes excelled in the competitions and their achievements fully demonstrate that their hard training has paid off. I hope Hong Kong athletes will continue to perform at their best,” Mr Tsui said.

     The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region sent a delegation with 35 members to participate in the Games, including 23 athletes to compete in three sports events, namely athletics, swimming and table tennis. Hong Kong athletes have performed brilliantly and so far won 14 medals, comprising eight gold, one silver and five bronze medals. 

     The list of Hong Kong athletes who won medals today is as follows:
Gold medal:
Swimming: Women’s 400m Freestyle S14
Cheong Sui-kei

Table Tennis: Men’s Doubles TT7
Lee Ming-yip and Tong Chi-ming    

Bronze medal:
Swimming: Men’s 100m Breaststroke SB13
Lip Kin-kwan

Former Athlete’s Memoir Unveils How She Broke Free From Her Very Own Monster

“Triumph: Taming the Monster Within” by Ingrid Kern is truly an inspiring account of the author’s turbulent journey in finally achieving real freedom and reaching her lifelong dream. This beautifully written book conveys her struggles growing up as a physically, emotionally, and psychologically abused child.

Kern reveals specific and sensitive moments of her father’s influence on her; an upbringing that would later greatly impact her individuality and mental health. The pages also disclose how she faithfully trained as a sprinter for four years and how her whole career abruptly ended with a torn hamstring.

In spite of her strong desire to move forward and leave the ugly past behind, she still suffered from anxiety, leaving herself helpless and searching for answers to the infinite questions she could possibly make about her life. It takes a tough person to fight the restless voices in one’s head and to practice commitment to conquer one’s monsters — the biggest fears each of us have. How does one woman who suffered from abuse finally heal and free herself from her monster?

Kern, who was born in Vienna, Austria, has been a trained athlete. Having finished seventh during the National Games in 2011 with an extremely nasty injury, she turned to modelling and acting on stage in Europe for 11 years. She then moved to New York before finally settling down in Los Angeles. Kern is now an award winning poet, with several awards received from the International Society of Poets. She is happily juggling her time writing, doing photography, working in real estate, and pursuing her physical fitness. She successfully participated in the Summer Senior Olympics despite having not to run for 49 years.

Triumph: Taming the Monster Within
Ingrid Kern
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