Mission Olympic Cell approves financial assistance to the best athletes under TOPS

New Delhi, January 6 () The Olympic Mission Cell sanctioned Rs 1.5 million on Monday as financial assistance for training, competition and equipment needs of several athletes, including fighter Bajrang Punia, runner K Srikanth and javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra before the Tokyo Games.

The trio of Anjum Moudgil shooters, Divyansh Singh Panwar and Mairaj Ahmad Khan, who have reserved the Tokyo Games quotas, also received financial assistance to participate in several international competitions this year under the Target Olympic Podium (TOPS) scheme.

The National Cycling, Swimming and Judo Sports Federations also presented their long-term plan for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games at the meeting, convened here by the Indian Sports Authority.

Long jumper Sreeshankar Murali, Neeraj and triple jumper Arpinder Singh will get the equipment they need for their training, as will archers Ankita Bhakat, Bombalya Devi and Deepika Kumari.

The training and participation requirements of table tennis players Sharat Kamal, Manika Batra, G Sathiyan, Harmeet Desai and Manav Thakkar will also be met by the amount sanctioned on Monday, the same for tennis players Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna.

The attendance of badminton players Srikanth, Sameer Verma, HS Prannoy and Sai Praneeth to participate in several international competitions this year was also cleared, while the request of the fighter Punia for financial assistance for training and international competition was also granted before the Olympic Games.

Financial assistance was also approved for the cyclist Esow, who participated in the Track Cycling Challenge, Switzerland, last month.

The participation of para-badminton players Pramod Bhagat, Manoj Sarkar, Sukant Kadam, Suhas Yathiraj, Tarun and Krishna Nagar in international events in Brazil and Peru was also approved.

The request of the Singhraj para-shooter of a personal and physical trainer until the Tokyo Paralympic Games was also accepted. The NSF cycling, swimming and judo made presentations regarding the potential list of international centers where athletes can go for specialized training, identifying promising talents for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games, creating programs to identify coaches in India, establishing centers of excellence in several regions of the country. PDS AT