Bopanna, Sharan get additional funding to train for Olympics

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New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) on Monday cleared the funding for India’s doubles tennis player Rohan Bopanna, his coach and physio for 11 tournaments under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).

Bopanna, who has already received Rs 1.24 crore through the current Olympic cycle, will get an amount of Rs 27.61 lakh for participating in 11 tournaments between January and June this year.

A semi-finalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Bopanna, whose ATP doubles ranking is 39, will be accompanied by coach Scott Davidoff and physio Gaurang Shukla.

The MOC also sanctioned Rs 30 lakh for men’s doubles player Divij Sharan to play 14 tournaments from January to June. Prior to this, Sharan had received Rs 80.59 lakh from TOPS in the Olympics cycle.

Asian champion Vinesh Phogat will continue to train overseas till the Olympics in July after her proposal for Rs 20.21 lakh to train in Hungary and Poland was approved. She has so far received Rs 1.13 crore under TOPS.

Vinesh, who won India an Olympic quota in 53kg at the World Championships in September 2019, will train in Budapest till June 9, travel for the Poland Open (June 9 to 13) and return to Budapest, where she will train till July 2. Her coach, Woller Akos, sparring partner Priyanka and physiotherapist Poornima Raman Ngomdir will be with her all through her training.

The MOC also cleared a proposal from rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh to train for five weeks at the Pocinho High Performance Centre in Portugal in June. The doubles scullers achieved Olympic qualification earlier this month in Tokyo. Their camp in Poland will cost Rs 21 lakh.