Rahul and Tarundeep are India’s brightest prospects for an Olympic medal in London 2012 in Recurve Men’s Team (Archery). The Indian Men’s team was recently ranked No.1 (Currently World No. 4) in the world and comprises of Rahul, Tarundeep and Jayanta Talukdar.
Banerjee and Rai won 2 Gold medals and 1 Silver medal in 3 Archery World Cups as part of the Indian Men’s Recurve Team in the last 1 year. They both played an important role in helping the Indian Recurve Team win a Bronze medal at the Asian Games 2010. 24 year old Rahul also won the Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi 2010 in the Recurve Men’s Individual event. Arjuna Awardee Tarundeep who is 27 years old, is the first Indian to win an individual men’s silver medal in Archery at the Asian Games 2010 in Guangzhou, China.
Rahul Banerjee’s current individual world ranking is 23. The Railway employee was delighted, “We do need specialized support especially in terms of world class equipment and a psychologist. OGQ support can make a significant impact to our Olympic preparations.” Tarundeep, employed with the Indian Army and whose current individual world ranking is 19 in the Recurve event seemed more delighted on the softer aspect, “The OGQ team has already made us feel very comfortable and built a lot of trust which is essential to success. This is a big boost to our confidence and preparations for the London Olympics.”
OGQ Founder and 8 time World Billiards Champion Geet Sethi, reflected on OGQ’s latest signings, “Archery is the fifth sport that OGQ is expanding into after Athletics, Badminton, Boxing and Shooting. Our team led by Viren is working very hard to learn a lot about the sport to be able to make a difference to the performance of the Archers.” OGQ CEO, Viren Rasquinha continued, “Both Rahul and Tarundeep have the required talent, skills and experience to win medals at the Olympics. They need to be managed in a proper scientific manner. Our research team feels that the priority is to provide them with world class equipment, more foreign exposure for training and a mental trainer. Both Rahul and Tarundeep are very intelligent and pick up things fast. These are very exciting times for OGQ to support athletes from a new sport.”
Olympic Gold Quest is a Not For Profit Foundation that supports the training and preparation of 25 sportspersons across 4 individual Olympic sports viz. Badminton, Boxing, Shooting and Athletics. The mission of OGQ is to help Indian athletes win Olympic Gold medals.
OGQ’s Board of Directors comprises of Geet Sethi (8 times World Billiards Champion, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padmashree Awardee), Prakash Padukone (All England Champion and Padmashree Awardee), Leander Paes (12 time Tennis Grand Slam Champion), Viswanathan Anand (4 Time World Chess Champion), Niraj Bajaj (4 time National Table Tennis Champion, Arjuna Awardee and Chairman and MD, Bajaj Group of Companies), R Ramaraj (Senior Adviser, Sequoia Capital India), Shitin Desai (Executive Vice Chairman, DSP Merrill Lynch), Rakesh Khanna (Founding Partner, Ambit RSM), Neeraj Bharadwaj (Managing Director, Accel Partners) and Deepika Padukone (Acclaimed Actor).
OGQ Profile of Rahul Banerjee: http://www.olympicgoldquest.in/ogq/athletes/rahulbanerjee.htm
OGQ Profile of Tarundeep Rai: http://www.olympicgoldquest.in/ogq/athletes/tarundeeprai.htm