Anand hopeful of Nehwal Narang Mary Kom

Mumbai: Pinning hopes on the likes of Saina Nehwal, Gagan Narang and Mary Kom to win medals at the 2012 London Olympics, world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand has said India will have to start planning for the 2016 edition of the quadrennial event from now to get good results.

"Right now the likes of Saina, Gagan and Mary are some of our big hopes. Then we also have some younger promising players," the chess ace told PTI when asked about India`s medal hopefuls at the mega sporting event.

"Clearly, our target is two. Its better than one but we should be able to get more. It think you need some time to build it up. At this moment we not only have to plan for 2012, but 2016 as well for good results," he said.

Anand will be mentoring and training potential athletes for Olympics and is going to be active on the `Power your champion` initiative of the Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), the NGO floated by legends Prakash Padukone and Geet Sethi.

The 41-year-old said the OGC`s objective was to ensure that the country did not lose out any medals just because the talented athletes lack access to facilities or equipment.

"I think as athletes what we would have liked is some organisation to take the practical details out of the way.

Its not a sportsman`s job to look for sponsorships, worry about equipment, visa, tickets. That`s not what he should be doing. We at OGQ try to sort out these issues and get him the best medical facility, the best physio trainer and so on.

"Ultimately it comes to the athlete. We cannot perform for them. But we want to make sure that if they are very talented we shouldn`t lose the medal because they don`t have the right equipment or medical facilities," he said.