Rs 100 Cr Fund Allocated To Aid Athletes In The Upcoming 2020 Olympics

The Sports Authority of India has allocated Rs 100 Crore for funding the athletes in view of the 2020 Olympics. The athletes will be assist...

The Sports Authority of India has allocated Rs 100 Crore for funding the athletes in view of the 2020 Olympics. The athletes will be assisted under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) of the Government. The Director General of the Sports Authority of India, Neelam Kapur has said this in a press release. The scheme was launched in the year 2014, in the month of September, the flagship programme of the Sports Ministry.


The potential Athletes who are capable of clearing the cut off of the Olympics are given this financial assistance. Prior to this, the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games was also covered in this scheme. Athletes have benefitted from the opportunity provided by the scheme.

Talking about the TOPS, Neelam Kapur told the PTI, " We have kept a ballpark (approximate) figure of Rs 100 crores for 2020 Olympics. The sports minister has instructed that there shouldn’t be any shortage of funds for the athletes in TOPS".


Adding to it she said, "With TOPS, we have tried to take a holistic approach. We are consulting the national federations, national observers taking their feedbacks and after going through all the data the final selection is made by the Mission Olympics Cell".

On the occasion of the 2020 Olympics, a special secretariat was also appointed to the TOPS. They were appointed so, to closely monitor and be part of the fine-tuning of the athletes. The whole Secretariat consists of trained, professionals, with the management and sports expertise.


The whole move was established to build a Sport friendly sustainable ecosystem in the 127 crores demographic nation. An overall approach to worldwide sports is being done through this. Not only the potential Olympic athletes but also the medal prospects of 2024 and 2028 are put in mind.


Anish Bhanwala, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Shooter says, " Selection in TOPS provides us with a sense of security and a huge confidence boost that we have the capability of doing well and have the full support of the government. They manage us well and provide all the world-class facilities, an athlete needs, it is very helpful".

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