Insisting that judo is a priority game for India, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said his ministry would leave no stone unturned in providing all assistance to the India’s judokas in their bid to qualify for next year’s Tokyo Olympics 2021.
Kiren Rijiju said the government is working with the national federation of the game in make a strong talent pool keeping in mind the 2024 and 2028 Olympics.
The Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju made the statements during a meeting with the members of the Indian judo team at his home here ahead of their departure to Hungary for the Budapest Grand Slam which is an Olympic qualification event, to be held from October 23 to 25.
The contingent comprises five judokas and coach Jiwan Sharma. The team is going for Hungary today, and I am hopeful that some of the athletes will qualify. Judo is a priority game for us and we will enhance efficiency both in terms of training facilities and coaches, Rijiju said.
This will be the first tournament for the Indian judokas since the nationwide lock-down was imposed due to the covid-19 pandemic.