Milkha Singh, pointed out that the standard of performance of the sportspersons in India has gone down as compared to earlier editions of the Games.
“It is true that we have not being doing well in Rio. In earlier Olympics, we have done better, winning medals, even gold, silver and bronze. The IOA will have to take responsibility for this,” Milkha told ‘Times Now’.
“The standard of India’s performance (in Rio) has gone down as compared to earlier Olympics,” said the octogenarian former quarter-miler.
After three days of action at the Rio Olympics, Indians have still not won a medal with star shooter Abhinav Bindra missing out on a podium finish by a whisker in men’s 10m air rifle event on Monday night.
Milkha said the IOA should call a review meeting after the Olympics to chalk out plans on how the country can do better in the future Games.
“IOA should call a meeting, inviting presidents and secretaries of National Sports Federations with representative of sports ministry and plan out in which sporting disciplines India can win medals in future Olympics,” the former athlete, known as ‘Flying Sikh’.
Asked about Bindra missing out on a medal after a tense shoot-off, Milkha said, “The pressure did him (Bindra) in. He won the gold in (Beijing) Olympics and he must be aware that the whole of the countrymen were keeping their eyes on him. It can happen under pressure.”
Referring to Dipa Karmakar’s heroics, Milkha said that Indians were doing well in some sports like gymnastics.