"Our target is to win more medals in the Rio Olympics. I think we can win 10-plus medals in Rio Games," Sonowal said, addressing a press conference after chairing a meeting with the officials of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and National Sports Federations (NSFs) on the preparation of the country for the Rio Olympics.
   
"We wanted to know about the preparations and initiatives of the federations for Rio Olympics and about the support they are giving to the athletes. From the statements they made, it is exciting and encouraging and all the federations, including those medal prospect NSFs, have taken several initiatives to bring medals. The Ministry is giving full support to the players and the NSFs," he said.
     
The Sports Minister said that so far 52 Indian athletes have qualified for the Rio Olympics. "So far, 52 have qualified for the Olympics: 32 from hockey (men's and women's teams), four from archery, seven from athletics, eight from shooting and one from wrestling. More will qualify in the coming months," said Sonowal.
     
"Whatever support the athletes are asking and the federations are asking, we will give. We are giving adequate budget. If they ask more, even then we are ready to give," he said, giving a break-up of funds allocated to various federations.
     
Sonowal said that the Sports Ministry, Sports Authority of India (SAI), IOA and the federations are in the same page as far as efforts to bring more medals for the country is concerned.

"The Sports Ministry, SAI, IOA and the NSFs are working together in the same direction. We are like Team India so that the athletes can give their best performance," the minister said.

 

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