Tops list revised Para-sports gets boostJanuary 31, 2019
Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) were revised confirmed by Sports Authority of India(SAI) keeping in mind 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. 12 high-performing para-athletes were including in the list. These players were chosen under 4 category para-athletics, para-shooting, para-swimming and para-powerlifting.
In para-athletics, double Para Asiad gold medallist Sharad Kumar (Men’s High Jump T63 42,63), Varun Bhati (Men’s High Jump T63 42,63), Sandeep Chaudhary (Men’s Javelin Throw F64 42-44, 61-64), Sumit (Men’s Javelin Throw F64 42-44, 61-64), Sundar Singh Gurjar (Men’s Javelin F46 45-46), Rinku (Men’s Javelin F46 45-46), Amit Saroha (Men’s Club Throw F51), Virender (Men’s Shot Put F57 56-57) and Jayanti Behera (Women’s 400m T47 45-47) got place in list.The selection criteria for para-athletics was the current world rankings of the athletes and their most recent scores that were being attained in comparison to global best standards.
The TOPS list was revised at a meeting of SAI’s Mission Olympic Cell chaired by its Director General Neelam Kapur, in which 23 athletes were selected from badminton, cycling and para-sports.
Some athletes have been included in the developmental group for Olympic 2024, and a watch-list has also been prepared from among athletes competing in badminton, para-athletics, para-shooting, para-swimming and para-powerlifting. Athletes who are in the watch-list will be considered for TOPS on the basis of their performance in the coming months.