Sports Authority of India approves ₹33 lakh financial aid for archers under TOPS

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The Mission Olympic Cell of The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has given the thumbs up to financial aid worth ₹33.18 lakh for the archers being developed under the Target Olympics Podium Scheme (TOPS).

Each archer under the TOPS programme will receive approx ₹3.5 lakh of funding to purchase equipment, and the beneficiaries include Parth Salunkhe, Aditya Choudhary, Dipti Kumari, Simranjeet Kaur, Neeraj Chauhan, Ridhi, Madhu Vedwan, Sudhanshu Bisht, Divyansh Kumar, and Tisha Punia.

SAI stated that the funding is to allow the archers to purchase a second bow set, which will be vital for the upcoming international events such as the Archery World Cups as well as Asian Games.

“The second bow set will be really important for us as World Archery recently changed their rules and will now not give us any additional time for setting up in case of an equipment malfunction during the event,” said Ridhi, “Thus having a second equipment as a backup will be crucial for all of us so as to not lose out on time or our performance.”

“Having a second bow set will also help us be mentally at peace during practice and event as we will have an immediate backup with us in case of any equipment malfunction. We will also not lose out on our practice or event time in case of any equipment failure and will be able to practice with the second bow and get adjusted to it quickly,” Simranjeet Kaur added.

Highlights:

  • SAI has approved funding of ₹33 lakh for archers under TOPS to allow them to purchase equipment
  • Each archer will receive approx ₹3.5 lakhs to buy a second bow set for the upcoming World Cups and Asian Games

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