Hockey players to get monthly allowance from TOPS

The monthly allowance under TOPS has been started by the ministry last year, but the hockey team is getting the pocket allowance for the first time.

The decision to include hockey was taken after India’s performance improved under new coach Harendra Singh as it finished runner-up in the Champions Trophy in the Netherlands.   -  Hockey India

The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) of the Sports Ministry on Wednesday approved a monthly allowance of ₹50,000 for each of the 18 members of the men’s hockey team under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme.

The monthly allowance under TOPS was started by the ministry last year, but the hockey team is getting the pocket allowance for the first time.

The decision to include hockey was taken after India’s performance improved under new coach Harendra Singh as it finished runner-up in the Champions Trophy in the Netherlands.

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The women’s team could be included in the TOPS after reviewing its performance in the upcoming World Cup and the following Asian Games.

Among the other notable decisions taken, double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has been sanctioned ₹6.62 lakh for hiring two sparring partners and a physiotherapist during his ongoing training stint in Georgia. Another ₹3.22 lakh has been sanctioned for Bajrang Punia and Sumit for their training and tournament participation in Turkey. Boxer Sarajubala Devi got an extension under TOPS scheme after qualifying for the Asian Games.

Among other sports, gymnastics received a total grant of ₹21.76 lakh. It includes ₹7.76 lakh sanctioned for the month-long training program of Pranati Nayak in Uzbekistan. Another ₹14 lakh (approximate) has been sanctioned for the 32-day program including a training camp in Belgium for Ashish Kumar and Aruna Budda Reddy.

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Davis Cupper Ramkumar Ramanathan will get ₹12.57 lakh for his training (under coach Angel Gimenez Alonso), competition and equipment expenses leading up to the Asian Games.

A total of ₹11.48 lakh has been budgeted for the purchase of archery equipment for three compound archers Trisha Deb, Rajat Chauhan, Jyothi Surekha Vennam and a recurve archer Promila Daimary.

Further, ₹4.04 lakh has been sanctioned for the engagement of Italian coach Sergio Pagni to train India’s compound archers for a period of 10 days at the SAI Sonepat centre ahead of the Asian Games. The four compound archers who will be trained are Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan, Trisha Deb and Jyothi Surekha Vennam.

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Judokas Avtar Singh and Vijay Kumar Yadav will get ₹3.55 lakh for their training, competition (to be accompanied by coach Yashpal Solanki) and equipment expenses ahead of the Asian Games. The committee also decided to exclude Tulika Mann from the TOPS scheme due to her recent below-par performances.

However, there was bad news for Wushu as Uchit Sharma, Anupama Devi and Budha Chandra were excluded from the scheme due to below-par performance and non-inclusion in the Asian Games squad.

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