Revealed: December 29, 2017 7:00 pm
Sports activities Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore mentioned real medal prospects is not going to face any drawback in getting monetary help from the federal government but additionally emphasised on the necessity to use the taxpayers’ cash judiciously. Rathore mentioned athletes beneath the Goal Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme will face no hurdle of their preparation for subsequent yr’s Commonwealth and Asian Video games and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“It is taxpayers’ money so the should be utilised in the right place. Concentration of effort is very important,” Rathore advised reporters on the sidelines of the re-launch of Sportstar journal right here at the moment. “There is a selection committee in every sport which is tasked to select the medal prospects. Those who are real medal prospects will get all the support. Funding won’t be a problem for them,” he added.
Rathore’s assertion comes amid studies that the Sports activities Ministry has determined cease direct launch of funding to the athletes, who’re a part of the TOPS programme. Presently, there 184 athletes enrolled within the scheme however the Sports activities Minister mentioned the checklist can me modified. “Presently there are 180 odd athletes under TOPS and if they are close to medals they will get all funding. The list, however, will keep changing. It will be a case to case basis study,” Rathore mentioned.
Beijing Olympics gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra not too long ago resigned as authorities observer for taking pictures and chairman of the TOPS to keep away from battle of curiosity. Bindra’s resignation follows that of five-time boxing world champion MC Mary Kom and double Olympic-medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar as nationwide observers of their sport due to the identical motive.
However the Sports activities Minister mentioned these elite athletes may be roped in by the Sports activities Ministry at any time in an advisory position. “The players themselves decided along with the Sports Ministry to avoid conflict of interest. That doesn’t mean they have been excluded from the advisory board. They can be brought back any time when the Ministry feels necessary,” Rathore mentioned.