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Rathore promises to build on CWG gains

Press Trust of India  |  Gold Coast 

Minister today lauded the Indian athletes' performance at and promised to build on the success in keeping the 2024 and 2028 in mind.

finished third in the medals tally, courtesy 66 medals including 26 gold, 20 silver and as many bronze.

"The intensity and passion shown by the athletes has made the entire nation proud," said Rathore in a video message.

"While we won a lot of medals in disciplines which have been our traditional stronghold, it was even more heartening to find our athletes doing well in sports, where we have not won too many medals," the 2004 silver medallist said.

Rathore also congratulated the medallists, who emerged from government's pet project Khelo School Games (KISG).

and Anish Bhanwala, who won shooting gold medals in the Games, competed in the KISG.

"We are planning to put a professional system in place. There is a lot of potential in our our youth and I see winning a bagful of medals at the 2024 and 2028 Olympics," he added.

India, a powerhouse at the Commonwealth level, has a lot of catching up to do at the Olympic level. The country won just two medals at the 2016 Rio and till date shooter is India's sole individual gold medallist at

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 20:25 IST