Let’s Talk

“India’s Olympic challenge:
Do we have the right policies to
produce world class sportspersons?”

July 3, 2021


About the event

With the Tokyo Olympics approaching, we look at India’s sporting potential, and measures taken by the government to encourage and produce outstanding sportspersons.

While several initiatives have been launched – Target Olympic Podium Scheme, Khelo India Programme, Samagra Shiksha Abhiyaan, etc. – the question remains whether India can achieve their stated goal of breaking into the Top 10 of the Summer Olympics medal table by 2028.

In this ‘Let’s Talk Policy’ session, we had a discussion with Abhinav Bindra, Gold medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, to decode India’s sporting culture. How can the historical evolution of sports help us understand contemporary challenges better? How has governance and the administrative structure of sports in India impacted performance? Finally, how can other stakeholders such as NGOs help popularise sports at the grassroots, and create opportunities for all sections of society?

The event was moderated by renowned journalist, Nidhi Razdan.

‘Let’s Talk Policy’ is a panel discussion series initiated by Kautilya School of Public Policy, that brings forth a select group of panellists, sharing differing views on key issues of national and global relevance, and building the dialogue into a conversation for the student community.

The series aims to unravel major themes around democracy, politics, and human rights, and explore the challenges and rewards of implementing practices. We aim to create a cohesive platform and call on thematic experts to foster a healthy dialogue around the most-pressing issues.

About the panellists

Nidhi Razdan

Visiting Faculty, Kautilya &
Fmr. Exec. Editor NDTV


Nidhi Razdan (Moderator) is an award-winning journalist, author and the former Executive Editor of…

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Abhinav Bindra

Olympic Gold Medallist


Abhinav Bindra is India’s first individual gold medallist at the Olympics in the men’s 10m air…..

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  • Young Indians, passionate about bringing about positive change and building India
  • Those aspiring to build a career in public life, public policy and administration, social sector, media, journalism and communications, politics, and other related fields
  • Academicians, researchers and journalists working in or following the fields mentioned above
  • Those passionate about seeing Indian sportspersons succeed at the highest level – and are keen to hear from experts with relevant experience at the highest level

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