The next Olympic Games might be more than three years away, but the sports ministry, it seems, has started working on plans to encourage top players to improve their performance.
In a bid to boost the morale of the players, the ministry on Wednesday gave cash incentives to 12 athletes who did well during the London Games, but missed the podium.
"The concept is to motivate them so that they give their best the next time they compete," said sports minister Jitendra Singh.
"Some of the members of the Indian contingent could have added to the country's medals tally…they narrowly missed the mark. We hope, they have better luck the next time around."
The minister didn't mince words when he said the country doesn't have a structured system to scout for talent.
"Most of the players who reach the top are not there because of some procedure but due to individual hard work," he said.
He appealed to the country's top players to help in the growth of a sports culture by encouraging youngsters in their region.
"A small contribution from each one shall make a huge difference," he said.
Archers in limbo
Kolkata: The de-recognition of the Archery Association of India has jeopardised the careers of archers employed with the Railways as they have been asked not to take part in any tournament conducted by the AAI.