With an aim to meet the Indian athletes’ immediate requirements for training purpose, the Sports Authority of India’s Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) has cleared an amount of ₹1.3 crores (around $180,000), which will cover seven different disciplines of sports.
"They met earlier (on Thursday) for the 47th Agenda meeting where the committee discussed the performance of athletes under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) and reviewed the financial proposals of TOPS athletes in various sports," read a statement from the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
Amongst the many athletes who will be benefiting from this are javelin throwers Rohit Yadav and Shivpal Singh, and shooters Miraj Ahmed Khan and Chinki Yadav, whose equipment requests were met.
Apart from athletics and shooting, financial assistance was also given to the Cycling Federation of India, who needed to buy new cycles and other equipment.
Ace Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj also saw his request for equipment met by the Sports Authority of India as well. Along with it, financial assistance was offered for club and coach as well under the Mission Olympic Cell.
Apart from the clearance of the fund, the 47th Agenda meeting also came to the decision of moving recurve archer Atul Verma from the TOPS core group to the developmental group. The decision was taken based on the athletes’ current form and performance. That also meant that wrestlers Sandeep Tomar and Utkarsh Kale dropped from the TOP Scheme.
Para-athletes to benefit big
This move by the Mission Olympic Cell will significantly help para-archers Harvinder Singh, Rakesh Kumar, Shyam Sundar and Vivek Chikara, whose demands, which included a new prosthesis, were approved. Ajeet Singh, a para-javelin thrower, too got his prosthesis request accepted by the Sports Authority of India.
The participation of para-badminton players Sukant Kadam, Suhas Yathiraj, Manoj Sarkar, Pramod Bhagat, Tarun and Krishna Nagar in an international event in Spain, which was on hold, has also been cleared.