Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) Include Players Like Kidambi, Sindhu, Esow Alben

PV Sindhu Srikanth Kidambi
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The Sports Authority of India’s Mission Olympic Cell held a meeting on Wednesday, in which 26 athletes were selected from badminton, cycling, para-athletics and para-shooting who are to be included in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Paralympics and 2024 Olympics.

According to a Sports Authority of India press release. “Some athletes have been included in the developmental group for Olympic 2024, and a watchlist was also announced from among athletes competing in badminton, para-athletics, para-shooting, para-swimming, and Para-powerlifting.”

 

Athletes who are in the watchlist will be considered for TOPS on the basis of their performance in the coming months.

The list of selected athletes is as under:

 

Badminton

 

For Tokyo 2020:

1. Kidambi Srikanth

2. Sameer Verma

3. HS Prannoy

4. PV Sindhu

5. Saina Nehwal

6. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty

7. Ashwini Ponappa and Siki Reddy (Till World Championships)

8. Pranav Chopra and Siki Reddy (Till World Championships)

In addition, the following players are on the watch-list:

Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy; Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha Ram

In women’s doubles and mixed doubles, it was decided with representatives of Badminton Association of India that the athletes shortlisted in TOPS will be on the list till the World Championships in August.

Cycling

 

The Committee believes these athletes will be ready as medal contenders for the 2024 Olympics.

The following four athletes were shortlisted in the developmental group:

1) Esow Alben

2) Ronaldo Singh

3) James Singh

4) Rojit Singh

 

Para-Athletics

The following athletes were included (Tokyo 2020)

1. Varun Bhati

2. Sharad Kumar

3. Sandeep Chaudhary

4. Sumit

5. Sundar Singh Gurjar

6. Rinku Hooda

7. Amit Saroha

8. Virender

9. Jayanti Behera

In addition, the following athletes are on the watch-list: Mariyappan Thangavelu, Deepa Malik, Devendra Jhajharia, Sandeep Singh Mann, Mithan, Aamit, Rampal Chahar, Dharambir, Ekta Bhyan, Karamjyoti Dalal, Radha, Rakshita.

 

Para-Shooting

The following athletes were included:

Manish Narwal and Singhraj

Deepender

Avani Lekhara

In addition, the following athletes are on the watchlist: Rubina Francis, Pooja Aggarwal, Sonia Sharma.

Para-Swimming and Para-Powerlifting

The athletes in Para Powerlifting who are on the watch-list are:

Jaideep, Sachin Chaudhary, Manpreet Kaur, Rajinder Singh Rahelu, Sakina Khatun and Farman Basha.

The athletes in Para-Swimming who are on the watch-list are:

Suyash Narayan Jadhav, Niranjan Mukundan, Swapnil Patil, Chetan Giridhar Raut, Shridhar Nagappa Malagi, Devanshi Satija, Kanchanmala Pande, Sharath Gayakwad.

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