Former India football team captain Bhaichung Bhutia and former track and field star Anju Bobby George joined the India's Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) by the sports ministry on Thursday.
Rifle shooting legend Anjali Bhagwat, former Indian hockey captains Sardar Singh and Viren Rasquinha. Alongside badminton player Trupti Murgunde and table tennis star Monalisa Mehta were the other former athletes who joined the MOC's core team.Said Bhaichung Bhutia.
The Mission Olympic Cell is a body set up by Sports Authority of India (SAI) . That identifies athletes for the Target Olympics Podium Scheme (TOPS). Meanwhile, a flagship programme set up to provide assistance to India's Olympic medal hopefuls.
The ministry has doubled the number of former athletes in the revamped MOC to make it more athlete-centric. India's sports minister Anurag Thakur said the made the decesion by the experience gained in the last Olympic cycle.
Former Olympic sailor and sports science specialist Dr Malav Shroff will continue to be in the MOC. President of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) Adile Sumeriwalais is also a member of the MOC.
Arjun Munda, president of Archery Association of India, Ajay Singh, president of Boxing Federation of India. Although Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, president of Wrestling Federation of India. That will also be part of the MOC.
With the revamp, the sports ministry wants to build on the momentum gained from the Tokyo Games, which saw Indian athletes win a record seven medals.