Is the Tokyo Olympics going to be held in 2017? India’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports certainly thinks so.
The Sports Ministry committed the gaffe in a tweet about the recently held Conference of State Ministers and Secretaries of Youth Affairs and Sports.
“Had a very engaging conference with State Ministers & Secretaries of #Youth Affairs & #Sports. Sharing some key points that were discussed,” Sports Minister Vijay Goel tweeted along with a picture on Wednesday.
The tweet contained a picture of the issues raised at the conference, the first of which was, “Ministry is working keeping in mind that Tokyo Olympics is happening next year so we plan to prepare in next months the team selection, their coaching, Indian coach, foreign coach and other things.”
The Tokyo Olympics will be held in 2020.
Goel later clarified that at the conference it had been stated that preparations were on as if Olympics are next year.
“During the conference it was stated that our preparations are on full swing and officials are working as if Olympics are next year. This in order to speed up the process of selection of players, coaches and identifying the best to groom them,” Goel tweeted to the correspondent.
Other issues discussed at the conference include 5 per cent jobs to be reserved for sportsmen, identifying 10 universities to build centres of excellence among others.
India’s below-par performance at the Rio Olympics earlier this year, where Indian athletes won only two medals as compared to six at London 2012, have set the alarm bells ringing in the sports establishment.