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Tokyo Olympic-bound 2 rowers, 2 wrestlers included in TOPS; Vinesh Phogat to continue training abroad

By Pti

New Delhi, May 20: Olympic-bound rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh and wrestlers Seema Bisla and Sumit Malik were on Thursday (May 20) included in the core group of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) of the sports ministry.

The ministry also announced that star Indian grappler Vinesh Phogat will continue training overseas till the Tokyo Games as her proposal was cleared by the Mission Olympic Cell.

"Rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh were moved from the development group to the core group while wrestlers Seema Bisla and Sumit Malik, who earned quota places at the World Olympic qualifiers recently, have been added to the core group," a ministry release said.

"Tennis player Ankita Raina who recently broke into the world top 100 in women's doubles and partnered Sania Mirza in the Billie Jean King Cup has also been added to the TOPS core group," it added.

The proposal from rowers Arjun and Arvind to train for five weeks in Portugal in preparation for the Olympic Games has also been sanctioned by TOPS. The doubles scullers, who achieved Olympic berth earlier this month in Tokyo, will train at the Pocinho High-Performance Centre in Portugal from June 1. Their camp will cost around Rs 21 lakh.

Vinesh, who secured the 53kg class Olympic quota during the 2019 World Championships, will train in Budapest until June 9. She will travel for the Poland Open (June 9 to 13) and then return to Budapest to be based there till July 2. Her coach Woller Akos, sparring partner Priyanka and physiotherapist Poornima Raman Ngomdir will be with her throughout.

"The Mission Olympic Cell today approved her proposal to the TOPS, routed through the Wrestling Federation of India, to train in Hungary and Poland after she finishes her high-altitude stint in Bulgaria," the ministry said.

"The cost of her proposal for training and competition is Rs. 20.21 lakhs. She has so far received financial support of Rs. 1.13 crore from the Target Olympic Podium Scheme."

The TOPS also approved tennis doubles players Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna's participation in 14 and 11 tournaments respectively between January and June. "Divij Sharan's proposal cost approximately Rs 30 lakh and he has received Rs 80.59 lakhs in funding from TOPS in the present Olympics cycle.

"Rohan Bopanna's proposal, including fee for coach Scott Davidoff and physio Gaurang Shukla, cost Rs 27.61 lakh. He has already received Rs 1.24 crore from TOPS through the current Olympic cycle," the ministry statement said.

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Story first published: Thursday, May 20, 2021, 20:11 [IST]
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