The Ministry of Sports on Thursday granted financial assistance to several athletes in the main and development groups of the Target Olympic Podium Program (TOPS), including Tokyo Paralympic Games silver medalist Nishad Kumar and table tennis player Manika Batra, to support them in their preparations for upcoming competitions. .
Nishad, who created an Asian record of 2.06m in the men’s T-47 high jump, has received financial aid of Rs 18.9 lakh to train at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, USA. United. He has already left for the 73-day training camp, which started on Thursday and will continue until August 12, with his physiotherapist Aalaap Jawadekar.
Nishad, who will be in action at the Asian Paralympic Games next year, will train in Chula Vista under Jeremy Fischer, who is the head coach and center manager.
Paddlers Batra and Sreeja Akula also received extended support. While the former received financial support to have her personal trainer Chris Pfeiffer for WTT Contender Zagreb (June 13-19), Sreeja received financial support to compete at WTT Feeder Otocec, Slovenia (June 20-26).
3000m steeplechase runner Avinash Sable, who competed at the Tokyo Olympics, received financial assistance to travel to Colorado Springs. He will compete in the Diamond League in Rabat, Morocco on June 5.
Sable, who is part of the TOPS core team, will also be assisted by a masseur as well as a Garmin GPS watch. The total financial aid given to him is Rs 3.52 lakh.
Tokyo Olympian Annu Rani has also received financial assistance to purchase Nemeth and Nordic Valhalla javelins which will cost Rs 4.15 lakh.
Swimmer Aneesh Gowda received financial support for his participation in the Singapore National Swimming Championships (June 23-26), while men’s swordsman Karan Singh received extended support for a training camp at the Academy Fencing Bauer d’Orléans, France, from June 1 to July. 31. Karan, who will train under the watchful eyes of Christian Bauer, will compete in the Asian Fencing Championship in Seoul from June 10-15 as well as the Senior World Fencing Championship in Cairo from July 15-23. The only other Indian fencer who trains with Bauer is Olympian Bhavani Devi.
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