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Squad of Superchampions

The maiden project of the organisation is to galvanise the Olympic ecosystem in India. Why so, one might ask. Sportspeople represent the greatest physical prowess of a nation and Olympics represent the greatest physical prowess of the entire humankind. Every quadrennial, over 200 countries and national committees take part in this festival of sporting excellence. However, the top 10 countries win over 50 percent of the medals and the bottom 190 countries win less than 50 percent of the medals. And almost 125 countries go medal-less. This is an anomaly that must be rectified. Starting with India.
In 120 years of Olympic participation, from 24 Olympics, India has won only 9 gold medals and 28 overall medals. It is the second most populous country in the world, yet it is ranked 52nd in terms of summer Olympic medals won. A single athlete Michael Phelps has won 2.5 times as many gold medals as India has. So, if the global balance in sports has to be shifted, it has to start with India.
Squad of Superchampions was launched at the Army Sports Institute, Pune, on 6 April 2019, the same day that the first-ever modern-era Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896. It is an endeavour to make India an Olympic powerhouse — and to inspire every developing nation through that example. It has a clear vision: to enable India to win 6+ gold medals and 15+ overall medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympcs — and to improve upon that performance every quadrennial.
Essentially, Squad of Superchampions is about much more than India bringing up the rear. But about India being at the front. It’s about much more than India becoming a statistic. But about India becoming a stalwart. It’s about much more than India (and every developing country) being an also-ran. But about India (and every developing country) being a superchampion. Or rather — a Squad of Superchampions.
 
 
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