Mangaluru, May 28, 2015: The pride of India from Coasta Karnataka MR Poovamma and Ashwini Akkunji among 39 athletes selected for Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOP) of National Sports Development Fund (NSDF).
These athletes will get assistance under the TOP Scheme for Rio Olympics and 2020 Olympics. Earlier, the Ministry had named 45 athletes in the Scheme. The Ministry has already given funds of about 1.35 Crores to 10 athletes so far under the Scheme. It has also organised mental training camp of archers under the TOP Scheme.
Based on the recommendations of the Identification committee of Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOP) of National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) chaired by Shri Anurag Thakur, MP, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) has included 39 more athletes in the Scheme.
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has established the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) with the objective of promotion of sports in general and specific sports disciplines and individual sports persons in particular for achieving excellence at the National and International level. Ministry has initiated the ‘Target Olympic Podium Scheme’ (“TOP Scheme”) under the NSDF. The scheme envisages identification of athletes who are potential medal winners in Olympics and providing support to them for preparation for Olympics.