Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) was founded by Indian sporting legends Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone. OGQ is a program of the Foundation for Promotion of Sports and Games, a Not for Profit (Section 25) Company, which is committed to bridging the gap between the best athletes in India and the best athletes in the world thus helping Indian athletes to win Olympic Gold medals. OGQ aims to create a level playing field for our athletes to enable them to be competitive at the highest level of sport.
To scout for potential medal talent, to help identify areas of support, to work with all stakeholders to aid deserving talent.
To support athletes in winning Olympic gold medals.
How We Do It
OGQ strives to compliment the efforts of the Indian Government and various Sports Federations in identifying and funding the best and most deserving medal prospects for the Olympic games. OGQ has short-listed six individual disciplines viz. shooting, athletics, boxing, wrestling, archery and badminton as the ones in which Indian athletes have the strongest potential to win Olympic medals.
OGQ brings together eminent sportspersons, business leaders, sportswriters and talent scouts to identify emerging athletes, understand their training needs and requirements and raise funds to be used for supporting athletes with Olympic medal winning potential.
OGQ experts systematically oversee and benchmark the progress of athletes and provide funds to them so that they will have access to the best coaching and training facilities and to exploit scientific aids including planned nutrition & diet.
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It was in the 1998 Asian Games that Geet Sethi, co-founder of OGQ, got first exposure to Indian sports, which form part of the Olympic platform. It was here that he saw at close quarters the problems faced by our athletes and the deficiencies of the entire system. 2 years later Geet was at a dinner hosted for the Indian contingent during the Sydney Olympics and the general feeling of dejection as a sporting nation was further reinforced as he interacted with the Indian athletes. The idea of OGQ was born in Geet’s mind on a flight from Sydney to Mumbai and Geet straight went to meet Prakash Padukone.
Geet and Prakash realized that what Indian athletes needed was a 24×7 presence of support staff that include, physiotherapists, dietitians, mental trainers, coaches, injury management experts and logistic managers around them to look after all their training needs and to instill in them a sense of pride and confidence. Two of them got together and started Olympic Gold Quest, a non-profit foundation, with a mission to help Indian athletes win Olympic gold medals. Later corporate honchos like Niraj Bajaj, Shitin Desai, R. Ramaraj, Rakesh Khanna and Neeraj Bharadwaj joined the team.
Areas of Support
We, at Olympic Gold Quest, scout for athletes who have displayed in them the drive and the potential to represent India at an international level. The selection takes place through a well-laid down process that has been developed by the experts and has been chiseled with experience. Once the athletes are selected, OGQ assumes all responsibility for providing them with full-fledged support in their preparation towards winning at the Olympic Games.
Participation In International/ Domestic Tournaments
OGQ provides support to participate in International/ Domestic Tournaments that are not funded by the Sports Ministry or SAI or the concerned National Sports Federation. This includes travel, accommodation, food, travel insurance, visa fees and any other expenses that may occur. In some cases OGQ will also send their personal coach and/or physiotherapist and/or mental trainer along with them. Additionally, for our junior sports persons we also send a parent to accompany them. This helps our athletes to get crucial international exposure and a taste of top level competition.
Foreign Training/ Coaching Camps
OGQ sends the athletes abroad for Training/Coaching under some of the best coaches in the World. Additionally, we also organise training camps in India with World Class coaches to help our sportspersons fine-tune their techniques.
World Class Equipment
OGQ provides for world class sporting and fitness equipment that help the sportsperson excel at the international stage. In sports like Shooting and Archery where one mm can make a difference between winning and losing, it is imperative that our Shooters and Archers are using the best ammunition and equipment.
High Quality Support Staff
OGQ organises the best personnel to help train, coach and accompany the sportspersons. This includes Foreign and Domestic Coaches, World Class Physiotherpists and Personal Trainers, Mental Trainers, Masseurs, Sparring Partners etc.
Medical, Nutrition And Physiological Support
OGQ’s Medical and Sports Science team provides world class medical, nutrition and physiological support which helps in optimising performance through regular medical and physical assessment, nutritional assistance and mental training In case of an injury, a time bound planned rehabilitation program is put in place. Also where surgery is required it is taken care of by OGQ. We also provide medical insurance to all our athletes.
Lastly, OGQ also provides administrative support to our sportspersons so as to help them focus on their training and competitions.
Olympic Gold Quest supports 50 athletes across 7 individual Olympic Sports viz. Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Shooting, Wrestling and Luge. We provide them the support through: 1. Expert foreign coaches 2. World class equipment and kit 3. Sending them abroad for training and competition 4. Medical support through physios, nutritionists, mental trainer, nutritionist and doctors 5. Training facilities in India and abroad.
Indian athletes training for the Olympics. We are training 35 athletes for Rio 2016 and 1 athlete for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. We are also training 15 junior athletes in the age group of 11-19 years for the 2020 and 2024 Olympics.