SAI shortlists 258 athletes for junior Target Olympic Podium Scheme

06 Aug 2020 06:36 PM

Sports Authority of India on Wednesday shortlisted 258 athletes from across 12 sporting disciplines for support through Target Olympic Podium Scheme Developmental Group, also known as Junior TOPS.

The support will be extended through a group or systems approach and a monthly out of pocket allowance of Rs 25,000 will be given to every athlete.

Out of the 12 disciplines, 16 athletes have been shortlisted in athletics, 34 in archery, 27 in badminton, four in cycling, seven in table tennis, 70 in shooting, 14 in swimming, 11 in judo, 36 in boxing, 16 in weightlifting, five in rowing and 18 in wrestling.

The SAI’s Mission Olympic Cell shortlisted the athletes, including the 85 named before the Covid-19 lockdown.

They will be groomed for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics. SAI, in its review meeting, also decided that performance benchmarks will be established for individual athlete for the next four years.

Reporter: Clinton Dsouza | Desk: Clinton Dsouza

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