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Government of India
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
24-February-2016 16:57 IST
Criteria for choosing players under TOPS

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Benchmark for selection of athletes under the scheme is in relation to international standards and consistency in performance. The athletes, who are prospective medal winners, have been identified through a process of research and consultation with the National Sports Federations and National Coaches/Experts of the relevant disciplines

106 athletes have been selected under the Target Olympics Podium (TOP) Scheme for their customized training and other support. They have been selected out of a large pool of top level and potential athletes.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, since the selection was made with reference to the international standard and consistency in performance, it was not possible to select more athletes under the Scheme. Also, the selection was made on the recommendation of a committee of experts including eminent players.