Speaking at a media conference here yesterday, Geet Sethi, the nine times World billiards champion and an OGQ director, said that OGQ's focus now was totally on the Rio Games and expressed confidence that Indian sportspersons would fare well at the quadrennial event.

Also in attendance were two other OGQ Board members - former badminton star Prakash Padukone and five times World chess champion Viswanathan Anand - while tennis star Leander Paes, also on the Board, could not be present.

"We have come a long way since OGQ first signed up shooter Gagan Narang in 2008. Since then, the number of athletes we support has gone up to 70 of whom 26 are juniors. We hope that at least 25 of the athletes OGQ is supporting will qualify for the Rio Olympics," said Sethi who along with Padukone initially launched the OGQ whose Board also includes several Indian corporate bigwigs.

Exhorting the strengths of the OGQ, Padukone said credibility of its Board members and transparency were the USPs of the organization and hoped that the national sports federations and the Indian Olympic Association would function as efficiently.

"The biggest USP of the OGQ is credibility of the Board members and transparency in its functioning. We let the athletes decide how best they want to utilize the funds that we provide. I wish that the sports federations in our country and also the IOA function like the OGQ,” he said.


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