Digital Desk, New Delhi. Eight track and field athletes including Duti Chand and KT Irfan have been included in the core group of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) while seven others have been included in the developmental group of TOPS. The Sports Authority of India (Sai) gave this information on Sunday. Sai said in a statement that in the 50th meeting of the Mission Olympic Cell held on November 26, these athletes were included in the Topps core group based on their performance.
At the same time, after reviewing the performance of nine athletes, they were retained in the Topps scheme, which includes Neeraj Chopra, Hima Das and Tejinder Pal Singh Toor. Triple jump runner Arpinder Singh has been dropped from the TOPS scheme. The TOPS scheme is a flagship program of the Ministry of Sports which is an effort to support the top athletes of the country. The scheme helps these athletes prepare so that they can win medals in the 2020 and 2024 Olympics.
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