The sports ministry on Monday appointed ‘national observers’ for 12 Olympic disciplines to oversee preparations of future editions of the Olympics.

A total of 14 Olympians have been shortlisted. The list includes medallists Abhinav Bindra, Sushil Kumar, Mary Kom and Karnam Malleshwari.

The National Observers would play a key role in implementation of action plans for Mission Olympics 2020, 2024 and 2028, a release stated.

“The National Observers will assist the Government, Sports Authority of India, and National Sports Federations (NSFs) concerned including Indian Olympic Association in the preparation and implementation of the long term development plan with respect to high priority and priority sports covering all aspects including selection policy, quality specifications for National Camps, long term athlete development plan, coaching development, development of technical officials and monitoring & evaluation of athlete performance,” a statement from the ministry read.

“Apart from providing inputs for their respective disciplines, the National Observers would also to be consulted as a group on cross-cutting issues impacting sports development in the country.”

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