The RIO Olympics 2016 are just 9 months away and India hopes to better its tally of 6 medals in 2012. To achieve the goal, the government has launched the TOP Scheme to extend financial assistance to potential medal winners. A total of 106 sportspersons have so far been identified under this scheme. Also, 57 sportspersons have qualified so far for the Rio Olympics.
The 2016 Rio Olympics are less than 9 months away. India is planning to better its 2012 tally of 6 medals. This would be possible only if India is able to send a contingent of at least 100 athletes. According to information available with the government, 57 Indians have qualified so far for the 2016 Olympics, out of which 32 are from Hockey (Men & Women).
What is the Government doing to improve the medal tally?
The Government has formulated the ‘Target Olympic Podium Scheme’ (TOP Scheme). The funding for this scheme will come from the National Sports Development Fund. The objective of the scheme is to identify and support potential medal prospects for 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. The selected athletes are being provided financial assistance for their customized training at Institutes having world class facilities and other necessary support.
A total of 106 sportspersons including 9 Para athletes have been identified to be funded under this scheme. Financial assistance is being provided for customized training and other support after scrutiny of the proposals from them.
Out of the 106 sportspersons selected for the TOP scheme, 26 are from Athletics, 10 each from Badminton & Boxing, 19 from Shooting, 16 from Archery and 9 from Wrestling.
So far, 88 sportspersons have applied for assistance and an assistance of Rs.6.22 crore has been sanctioned to them. The total outlay for the scheme is about 43 crore.
Plans for RIO 2016
The Sports Ministry has identified 9 sports disciplines (Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Hockey, Shooting, Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling) Rio Olympics 2016. The training of sportspersons in these 9 sports disciplines is on with both Indian & Foreign Coaches.
|Discipline||No. of. Indian Coaches||No. of Foreign Coaches|
Tennis players have their own individual training plans.
How many have qualified so far?
Till date, 25 individual sportspersons and Hockey teams (Men & Women) of 16 members each, have qualified for Rio Olympics 2016, taking the total to 57.
|Name of the Discipline||Quota Places Attained Till date||Name and Event|
|Archery||4||Deepika Kumari||Women’ s Individual and Team|
|Laxmi Rani Majhi|
|Mangal Singh Champia||Men Individual|
|Athletics||12||Gurmeet Singh||Men’s 20 Kms. Walk|
|Sandeep Kumar||Men’s 50 Kms. Walk|
|Kushbir Kaur||Women’s 20 Kms. Walk|
|Inderjeet Singh||Men’s Shot-put|
|Manpreet Kaur||Women’s Shot-put|
|Tintu Luka||Women’s 800 Mts|
|O.P. Jaisha||Marathon/5000m Steeple Chase|
|Sudha Singh||Women’s 5000 M Steeple Chase|
|Lalita Babar||Women’s 3000M Steeple Chase|
|Hockey||16 Men||Hockey team (16 members)|
|Shooting||8||Mr. Jitu Rai||50M Free Pistol|
|Ms. Apurvi Chandela||10M Air Rifle|
|Mr. Gagan Narang||50M Rifle Prone|
|Mr. Abhinav Bindra||10M Air Rifle|
|Mr. Gurpreet Singh||10M Air Pistol|
|Mr. P. N. Prakash||50M Free Pistol|
|Mr. Chain Singh||50M Rifle 3 Positions|
|Mr. Miraj Ahmed Khan||Skeet|
|Wrestling||1||Narsingh Yadav||74 Kg. Free Style|
Many more are expected to qualify especially from Boxing, Badminton, Tennis, and Wrestling etc where the qualifiers are pending. Some of those qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics have been strangely left out of the TOP scheme. Athletes Baljinder Singh, Chandan Singh, Jaisha, Sudha Singh, Lalita and Shooter Miraj Ahmed Khan have been left out of the TOP scheme. The government does not give any concrete reason for leaving them out.