Kiren Rijiju, the Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports Minister, announced that 27 athletes have been included in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). All these athletes will be supported towards Olympic preparation.
20 of these athletes have been included in the Core Group of Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) in 6 disciplines, while 7 athletes have been included in the Developmental Group.
The Core group includes the likes of Women’s 100m record holder Dutee Chand, Javelin Thrower Shivpal Singh, who has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, and also four Boxers, who have all sealed their ticket for Tokyo.
16-year-old long jumper Shaili Singh is among the 7 young athletes named under the developmental group.
The full list of new athletes added in the TOPs scheme is as follows:
Athletics: Shivpal Singh, Annu Rani, KT Irfan, Arokia Rajiv, Noah Nirmal Tom, Dutee Chand, Alex Anthony, MR Povamma
Boxing: Satish Kumar, Ashish Kumar, Pooja Rani, Simranjit Kaur
Para-athletics: Vinod Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Ajit Kumar Panchal
Para-badminton: Parul Parmar, Palak Kohli
Para- Table Tennis: Bhavina Patel
Para-Shooting: Rubina Francis, Sidharth Babu
Athletics: Shaili Singh, Tejaswin Shankar, Harsh Kumar, Vithya R, Sandra Babu, Harshita Sherawat, Veeramani Revathi.