According to a report from Times of India, Australian triple Olympic champion Stephanie Rice – who retired three months ago from her competitive swimming career at just 25 years old – has agreed to join Rhiti Sports, a sports management firm, to better improve the infrastructure and health of water sport in India.
Rhiti Sports mentioned in the report that Rice plans to set up academies in India. The goal is to nurture talent at a young age.
“I’m really excited on the opportunity to join Rhiti Sports, which already manages some of the biggest sports names in the world,” said Rice. “I feel India is a land of immense sports potential and all that you need to do is to convert it into Olympic medals by providing good infrastructure along with proper coaching. I hope through Rhiti Sports, I’m able to fulfill dreams of those youngsters who want to become world-class swimmers.”
While the quantity of talent has never been in question when discussing Indian athletes, the problem has generally been a lack of proper resources and coaching. Just as other sports in India are starting to get foreign assistance for growth, swimming in India will greatly benefit from such a notable influence.
Rice won three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
“We’re thrilled to have Stephanie Rice on board,” said Arun Panndey, Rhiti Sports managing director. “Swimming is considered to be a very glamorous sport and has a lot of scope in our country. We’re proud that with our association with Stephanie, we can contribute in its growth.”