Indian tennis stars Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna, Ankita Raina and Ramkumar Ramanathan were included in the core group of athletes under the Ministry of Sports’ Target Olympic Podium Program (TOPS) on Thursday until the Asian Games in Hangzhou later this year.
The decision to include the quartet as part of the TOPS was taken at a meeting of the Olympic Mission Cell of the Ministry of Sports after receiving a request from the All India Tennis Association (AITA).
Besides, the MOC has also approved Rs 3.62 lakh to teenage archer Manjiri Alone to purchase a recurve bow set. She won bronze at the 2021 World Youth Archery Championships in Wroclaw, Poland last August.
The MOC has also sanctioned a proposal worth Rs 4.31 lakh for para pistol shooter Singhraj Adhana, who won a silver and a bronze medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, to stay and move on. train at the Karni Singh shooting ranges from February 10 to March 25.
The cost includes Rs 2.26 lakh for ammunition for the 25m and 50m events.
According to a statement released by SAI, Coach JP Nautiyal, who is already with Manish Narwal in the Tughlakabad lineup, will extend his stay for 10 days to assist Singhraj Adhana.
Skeet shooter Gurjot Singh’s proposal for ammo and clay targets worth Rs 2.68 lakh was approved, as was teenaged air rifle shooter Rudranksh Patil’s proposal for ammunition equipment. worth Rs 1.03 lakh.