Six Para-Sport athletes were added to the center group of athletes for support under TOPS by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports at a Mission Olympic Cell meeting visited by members including ex-players Bhaichung Bhutia, Anju Bobby George, Trupti Murgunde, expert officials of many federations and IOA President Shri. Narendra Dhruv Batra. The meeting was moderated by SAI Director General Shri. Sandip Pradhan. The athletes recruited into the plan include Ekta Bhayan, Neeraj Yadav, Nimisha C Suresh, Radha Venkatesh (Para-Athletics), Prachi Yadav (Para Canoe), and Paramjeet Kumar (Para Powerlifting).
The MOC also accepted a request from two-time Olympic Games medalist PV Sindhu to carry the cost of her fitness trainer Srikanth’s travel and stay during the German Open, All-England Championships, Swiss Open, and Korean Open in March and April.
Sindhu’s own travel and stay costs will be carried under the Ministry’s Annual Calendar for Training and Competition (ACTC) budget for the Badminton Association of India. Her trainer’s expenses for travel to these four tournaments have been authorized from the Target Olympic Podium Scheme.
Likewise, World No. 25 and 2012 Olympic Games bronze medalist Saina Nehwal’s request for financial assistance for her physiotherapist Ayesha towards her travel and stay during the German Open, All-England Championships and Swiss Open was also accepted. SAI has already expanded financial assistance towards Ms. Ayesha’s monthly wages.
The MOC also accepted schemes worth more than Rs. 43.50 lakh from badminton players, Ashmita Chaliha, Aditi Bhat, and doubles players MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila, Vishnuvardhan Goud, and Krishna Prasad, Pullela Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly as well as Shikha Gautam and Ashwini Bhatt to authorize them to participate in international events.
Except, schemes from Manika Batra, Archana Kamat, Payas Jain, Yashaswini Ghorphade, Suhana Saini, Diya Chitale worth more than Rs 8.5 lakh have been accepted through with their airfares. This assistance has been expanded regarding international competitions.