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Mission TOPS Sees India Script A Historic 7 Medals Haul At Tokyo Olympics

The pioneering way of fast-tracking the high performance of India’s money-starved sportspersons, through the Target Olympics Podium Scheme (TOPS), has begun to yield dividends. Noticing the sorry plight of India’s talented sportspersons, the Modi government put in place the TOPS in September 2014, and without exception, the project implemented through the Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs (MSYA), has been acknowledged by the country’s Elite sportspersons. The TOPS in conjunction with the Annual Calendar of Training & Competition brought succour to the National Sports Federations and the Elite sportspersons, and after 125 years of the celebration of Olympic Sports, India won seven medals, with the Panipat-born javelin thrower, Neeraj Chopra winning the first ever track and field gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Sports Authority of India/ MSYA spent nearly Rs 1.9 crore to meet some of Chopra’s post Rio 2016 Olympics related expenditure. The SAI/ MSYA shelled out Rs 2.06 crore for the Sonipat-based Bajrang Punia who won the Bronze medal. The TOPS provided Rs 83 crore for the men and women hockey teams for 55 international tournaments in India and abroad (29 for men and 26 for women), 393 days of foreign exposure, including 106 for men and 287 for women, for seven foreign coaches and for National camps in Bengaluru. The TOPS is a real boon for India’s top-notch sportspersons.