Qualified sportspersons for Rio Olympics, 2016 left out of TOPS



Qualified sportspersons for Rio Olympics, 2016 left out of TOPS

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Based on the information provided by Sports Authority of India, following sportspersons, who have earned Quota Place for India for participation in Olympics 2016, are not included in Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme presently:


S No
Name
Discipline
1
Shri Baljinder Singh
Athletics-20 Km Walk
2
Shri Chandan Singh
Athletics-20 Km Walk
3
Ms Sapna
Athletics-20 Km Walk
4
Ms Manpreet Kaur
Athletics-Shotput
5
Shri Nitendra Rawat
Athletics-Marathon
6
Ms O P Jaisha
Athletics-Marathon/5000 M Steeple Chase
7
Ms Sudha Singh
Athletics-Marathon
8
Ms Lalita Babar
Athletics-3000 M Steeple Chase
9
Ms Kavita Raut
Athletics-Marathon
10
Shri Miraj Ahmad Khan
Shooting-Skeet
11
Hockey Team (Men) (16 members)
Hockey
12
Hockey Team (Women) (16 members)
Hockey
Training of such sportspersons is being done under the Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs)/ specific requests under National Sports Development Fund.

Those who have qualified for Rio Olympics are being included in the TOP Scheme

TOP Scheme Elite Athletes Identification Committee’ has been reconstituted in December 2015. The Committee’s assignment for selection of athletes under the Scheme and review of their performance is an ongoing process from time to time. The composition of the Committee is as under:
S No
Name
Designation
1
Ms Anju Bobby George
Chairperson
2
Shri Rahul Dravid
Member
3
Shri Pullela Gopichand
Member
4
Ms Manisha Malhotra
Member
5
Ms M C Mary Kom
Member
6
Director General,  Sports Authority of India  or his
Member

representative – ED (Teams)




7
Joint Secretary (Sports), MYAS
Member
8
Director (Sports) & Member Secretary-NSDF
Convener

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, In order to ensure that athletes under TOP scheme devote their time to training and preparation for Olympics 2016 and promptly get requisite funds as per entitlement under TOP scheme, Project Officers (PO) in Sports Authority of India (SAI) have been deputed to, inter-alia, work as mentors and do the work of handholding of the athletes under TOP scheme for their respective disciplines. The POs have been asked to proactively contact the said athletes and ascertain their requirements not covered under Scheme of Assistance to NSFs and get their application / documents / Bank Account details, etc. completed for getting funds from TOP Scheme on immediate basis for such requirements.

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Initiative in U.P. under NSTSS
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports had launched the National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) in the year 2015. The scheme and the guidelines for its implementation were circulated to all the States/ Union Territories on 20.02.2015. While the work relating to implementation of the scheme was in progress, the Government of India decided to restructure a number of small programmes/schemes with a view to ensure economies of scale and effective implementation. Accordingly, Government, on the advice of Finance Ministry, is in the process of restructuring its existing schemes, including NSTSS, to an umbrella Central Sector Scheme, which includes talent identification. Therefore, no initiative could be taken by the Government in any of the States including Uttar Pradesh under NSTSS which aimed at identifying sporting talent among students in the age group of 8-12 years.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, Funds to the tune of Rs.100 crore, earmarked for NSTSS at the Budget Estimates (BE) stage during the current financial year 2015-16, have been reduced to Rs.15 crore at Revised Estimates (RE) stage.
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Improvement of sports infrastructure
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Sports infrastructure plays a crucial role in broad-basing of sports and promoting excellence in Sports. Sports infrastructure of international standards is available in the country and is augmented/upgraded on a continuing basis. Inadequacies in terms of high performance centres, modern equipment, sports science and sports medicine facilities etc. are also identified for being addressed.

He said, for promoting sports and sports infrastructure at grass-roots level, the Department of Sports is implementing various schemes such as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) for creating/developing sports infrastructure at block level and organising sports competitions at block, district, state and national levels and Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS) for creating/ developing sports infrastructure such as synthetic athletic track, hockey astro-turf, and multi-purpose indoor hall.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, Although no target for gold medals to be won at Rio Olympics 2016 has been fixed, preparations/training of identified athletes for Rio Olympics are going on with the aim of winning maximum number of medals in the forthcoming Olympic Games.
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Funds allocated for promotion of sports

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that funds are being provided across the country for implementation of the Schemes/programmes for promotion of Sports as well as upliftment of youth. The details of scheme/programme-wise allocation/release/expenditure under the various schemes/programmes during each of the last three years and the current year is as below:

 (Rs. in crore)
Sl.
Name of Scheme



2014-15
2015-16
No.



















Allocation
Actual
Budget
Actual









Expenditure
Estimates
Expendi-











ture
1.
Nehru
Yuva
Kendra  Sangathan
134.00
133.27
133.75
158.75

(NYKS)









2.
National Service Scheme (NSS)

82.18
77.21
70.15
69.22
3.
Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of
15.86
15.86
20.00
18.36

Youth Development (RGNIYD)





4.
Natioal Youth Corps (NYC)


22.46
22.46
33.00
21.65
5.
National Programme for Youth and
32.00
31.63
17.10
22.44

Adolescent Development (NPYAD)




6.
International Cooperation


2.80
2.63
7.00
5.86
7.
Youth Hostel




0.49
0.46
1.50
0.80
8.
Scouting and Guiding



1.00
1.00
1.50
1.15
9.
National Young Leaders Programme
12.21
12.21
100.00
35.68
10.
Panchayat  Yuva  Krida  aur  Khel
85.00
83.84
23.38
19.04

Abhiyan
(PYKKA)/Rajiv
Gandhi





Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) since 2014-15




11.
Urban
Sports Infrastructure
Scheme
25.00
24.89
60.00
33.61

(USIS)










12.
Sports Authority of India (SAI)

335.30
335.30
283.64
233.39
13.
Laxmibai
National
Institute
of
40.00
39.90
36.50
33.68

Physical Education LNIPE)






14.
Pension to Meritorious sportspersons
1.50
1.29
2.00
1.46
15.
Special awards to winners of medals
13.20
13.11
24.00
17.46

in international sports events






16.
Scheme  of  Assistance to  National
185.00
183.93
314.50
310.99

Sports Federations (NSFs)






17.
Talent

Search
&
Training
0.35
0.33
2.00
0.79

(TS&T)/Scheme of Human Resource





Development in Sports (HRDS) since





2013-14









18.
National
Sports
Development
Fund
3.75
3.75
5.00
5.00

(NSDF)






















19.
Anti-Doping activities
11.60
10.86
12.00
8.95

(NADA+NDTL+WADA)




20.
Promotion of Sports among disabled
4.00
3.61
2.10
1.60
21.
Commonwealth Games 2010
0.00
0.00
0.02
0.00
22.
National Institute of Sports Science &
0.00
0.00
0.02
0.00

Sports Medicine




23.
National Institute of Sports Coaching
0.00
0.00
0.07
0.00
24.
National Physical Fitness Programme
0.00
0.00
0.02
0.00

Resource Centre at Gwalior




25.
Scheme   for   Identification   and
0.00
0.00
0.02
0.00

Nurturing of Sporting Talent in the





Country (INSTAL) -Sports Schools at





District Level




26.
Enhancement of Sports Facility at
0.10
0.00
55.00
50.00

J&K




27.
National Sports University, Manipur
0.10
0.00
0.35
0.00
28.
National Sports Talent Search System
0.10
0.00
15.00
0.00

Programme





He said, the Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, has taken several steps for spreading awareness about the National Youth Policy, 2014 and for its effective implementation. The Policy recommends specific policy interventions for development and empowerment of youth in 11 priority areas, namely, education, employment and skill development, entrepreneurship, health and healthy lifestyle, sports, promotion of social values, community engagement, participation in politics and governance, youth engagement, inclusion and social justice. The implementation of the Policy is the collective responsibility of all concerned Central Ministries/ Departments, State Governments as well as other stakeholders. The Department of Youth Affairs is playing the coordinating/facilitating role.

The National Youth Policy, 2014 is applicable to all the youth in the country in the age-group of 15-29 years. The Department of Youth Affairs has constantly pursued the matter with all concerned Central Ministries/ Departments to take necessary steps for implementation of the Policy. The State Governments have also been requested to formulate/ revise their State Youth Policies, in line with the National Youth Policy, 2014.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, schemes of the Department of Sports, aimed at achieving twin objectives of National Sports Policy 2001 viz., mass participation in sports and achieving excellence in sports, are being implemented impartially and with transparency.

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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.
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