Odisha’s Dutee Chand Among Eight Athletes Included In TOPS Core Group

New Delhi: Odisha’s ace sprinter Dutee Chand and 7 different monitor and subject athletes, have been included within the core group of the Goal Olympic Podium Scheme whereas seven others have been included within the TOPS developmental group, Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) knowledgeable on Sunday.

The choice, taken on the 50th MOC assembly held on November 26 to incorporate athletes within the TOPS core group, was primarily based on their efficiency development and their qualification or excessive likelihood of qualification for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled subsequent yr, a SAI assertion learn.

Following efficiency assessment, 9 athletes who’re a part of the TOPS scheme, have been retained together with Neeraj Chopra, Hima Das and Tajinder Pal Singh Toor.

Triple Jumper Arpinder Singh was excluded from the TOPS scheme.

Athletes inducted into the TOPS scheme are: Shivpal Singh (Males’s Javelin Throw and certified for Olympics), Annu Rani (Ladies’s Javelin Throw), KT Irfan (Males’s 20km stroll and certified for Olympics), Arokia Rajiv (Males’s 400m and 4x400m relay), Noah Nirmal Tom (Males’s 400m and 4x400m relay), Alex Anthony (Males’s 400m and 4x400m relay), MR Poovamma (Ladies’s 400m and 4x400m relay) and Dutee Chand (Ladies’s 100m and 200m). India earned an Olympic quota within the Combined 4x400m relay on the 2019 World Championships.

Seven athletes included in TOPS developmental group are: Harsh Kumar (Males’s 400m and 4x400m relay), Veeramani Revathi (Ladies’s 400m and 4x400m relay), Vithya R (Ladies’s 400m and 4x400m relay), Tejaswin Shankar (Males’s Excessive Soar), Shaili Singh (Ladies’s Lengthy Soar), Sandra Babu (Ladies’s Triple Soar) and Harshita Sehrawat (Ladies’s Hammer Throw).

The TOPS scheme is a flagship program of the sports activities ministry which is an try to supply help to nation’s high athletes.

As per the SAI web site, the scheme appears to “add a premium to the preparations of these athletes so that they can win Olympic medals in 2020 and 2024 Olympics”.

(With IANS Inputs)

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