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[pib] Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS)


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: TOP Scheme

Mains level: Not Much

The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) has approved the inclusion of Alpine Skiing athlete Mohammad Arif Khan in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) Core group.

Target Olympic Podium Scheme

  • In order to improve India’s performance at the Olympics and Paralympics, the MYAS started the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) in September 2014.
  • It includes foreign training, international competition, equipment, and coaching camp besides a monthly stipend of Rs. 50,000/- for each athlete.
  • It was particularly launched for India’s Olympic medal dream, at the 2016 (Rio) and 2020 (Tokyo) Olympics.

How does it function?

  • The Mission Olympic Cell is a dedicated body created to assist the athletes who are selected under the TOP Scheme.
  • The MOC is under the Chairmanship of the Director-General, Sports Authority of India (DG, SAI).
  • The idea of the MOC is to debate, discuss and decide the processes and methods so that the athlete receives the best assistance.
  • The MOC also focuses on the selection, exclusion, and retention of athletes, coaches, training institutes that can receive TOPS assistance.


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