Improve system, don't compromise with talent, advises Madan Lal
Former Indian cricketer Madan Lal on Friday showered praise on Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra, saying the javelin star has shown path to several youngsters.
NEW DELHI: Former Indian cricketer Madan Lal on Friday showered praise on Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra, saying the javelin star has shown path to several youngsters. He also advised the 'concerned authorities' to 'set the system right' and 'not to compromise with talents'.
Speaking to IANS, Madan Lal said millions of youngsters will get inspired from Neeraj's historic feat and the sport has gained much-needed popularity. "I am feeling so happy for Neeraj. He made our country proud. I am sure millions of youngsters will pick up the sport now," he said.
India have won seven medals in the Tokyo Olympics, including a historic gold in athletics by the javelin thrower.
"I want to congratulate each one of our medallists," said Lal. "Seven medals in Tokyo mean we have the potential to improve the tally. We just need to work more on nurturing talents. One more important thing is that the concerned authorities have to improve the system and not compromise with the talent.
"It should not be like placing someone randomly and ignoring real talent (Idhar se utha kar udhar kisi ko fit kar dena). And to search for talent we need to put people in a position who knows sports. Who can help well… money should be spent well." IANS