New Delhi: Sebastian Coe, chief of IAAF urged that Indians must take inspiration from nations like Jamaica and Kenya to excel at the world athletics stage.
“India should promote track and field sport at the school level if it wants to excel at the international stage. Not only at the school level, but at the college level too. The sport should compulsorily become part of the physical education,” said the legendary Briton
“I have visited Jamaica many times. During one of my visits, I saw some 50,000 people watching school and college level championships there. One of the things that I want to do as IAAF president is to sign Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with education ministers of countries to include track and field programmes in schools,” he further added.
For his first official visit after attaining office in August, Coe chose India. Tiny countries like Kenya, Ethiopia and Jamaica won 14 gold medals combined in the World Championships in Beijing which was concluded recently.