Germany and India sign Olympic cooperation deal

August 12th, 2008 - 11:43 am ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Abhinav Bindra
Beijing, Aug 12 (DPA) The German and Indian Olympic Committees (DOSB and IOA) have signed a cooperation agreement at the Beijing Games with Olympic education and youth programmes the top issues, the DOSB announced Tuesday. DOSB boss Thomas Bach and IOA head Suresh Kalmadi said the agreement was designed to bring new ideas to bilateral Olympic projects dating from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The German know-how is intended to help India set up an Olympic Academy, which the country still lacks.

Youth sports is another big issue, with India later this year set to host the third Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune.

Olympic sports lag behind cricket in India, but could receive a boost after Abhinav Bindra won India’s first ever Olympic individual gold medal Monday, in the men’s air rifle event.

For the DOSB the memorandum is another part of its efforts to strengthen an international network. The DOSB has similar agreements with Senegal, Kenya, Japan and Saudi Arabia.

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