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India inducts 148 athletes, including 20 new, in first list of TOPS athletes for 2024 Olympics

Manika Batra is a part of the TOPS Core Group for Paris Olympics. (PC: Getty Images)
Manika Batra is a part of the TOPS Core Group for Paris Olympics. (PC: Getty Images)

The Target Podium Olympic Scheme (TOPS), looking ahead at the Paris Olympics, will have a total of 148 athletes, including 20 new inductees, in seven Olympic disciplines and six Paralympic disciplines.

The Mission Olympic Cell approved the list of TOPS athletes at a meeting in New Delhi on Monday.

The Mission Olympic Cell approved TOPS lists for Cycling, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Weightlifting, Wrestling and Para Sports.

Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Equestrian, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Rowing and Tennis will be taken up to add to the TOPS group in the next meeting later this month.

Though planning and preparation for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris started much earlier, the Mission Olympic Cell meeting marks the formal start of the shortened Olympic cycle.

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As many as seven athletes have earned elevation from the Khelo India Scheme and are among the new inductees to the TOPS Development Group.

The recently-reconstituted MOC offered suggestions for preparations for the Paris Olympic Games so that India can build on the gains of the Tokyo Olympics.

The list of athletes for the TOPS Core and Development Groups was collectively drawn up by the TOPS team and the respective National Sports Federations. It entailed meticulous research, evaluation and projections of the athletes’ performances before being placed before the MOC for consideration.

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List of athletes supported under TOPS

Cycling - Development Group: Esow Alben, Keithellakpam Jemsh Singh, Laitonjam Ronaldo, Y Rojit Singh and E David Beckham (new inductee).

Sailing - Core Group: Vishnu Saravanan, Varun Thakkar, KC Ganapathy, Nethra Kumanan.

Shooting - Core Group: Divyansh Singh Panwar, Aishwary Pratap Tomar, Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Elavenil Valarivan, Anjum Moudgil, Manu Bhaker, Rahi Sarnobat, and Vijayveer Sidhu.

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Development Group: Yasahwini Deswal, Chinki Yadav, Niraj Kumar, Sartaj Singh Tiwana, Dhanush Srikanth, Shahu Tushar Mane, Hriday Hazarika, Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil, Parth Makhija, Anish Bhanwala, Adarsh Singh, Udayveer Sidhu, Sarabjot Singh, Naveen, Shiva Narwal, Kynan Chenai, Lakshay Sheoran, Vivaan Kapoor, Gurjoat Singh, N Gaayathri, Sunidhi Chauhan, Nishchal, Ayushi Podder, Shreya Agarwal, Shriyanka Sadarangi, Zeena Khitta, Abhindnya Ashok Patil, Tejaswini, Esha Singh, Rhythm Sangwan, Kirti Gupta, Manisha Kheer, Darshana Rathore, Kartikki Singh Shaktawat, Areeba Khan; Swapnil Suresh Kusale, Arjun Babuta, Anantjeet Singh Naruka and Nisha Kanwar.

Swimming - Core Group: Sajan Prakash and Srihari Nataraj.

Table Tennis - Core Group: A Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Manika Batra, Sutirtha Mukherjee, Harmeet Desai and Archana Kamat.

Development Group: Manav Thakkar, Manush Shah and Ayikha Mukherjee, Payas Jain, SFR Snehit, Swatiska Ghosh, Diya Chitale, Suhana Saini and Sreeja Akula.

Weightlifting - Core Group: Jeremy Lalrinnunga and Mirabai Chanu.

Development Group: Achinta Sheuli, Soumya Sunil Dalvi, Garud Harshada Sharad, Kolli Varalakshmi Pavani Kumari, Mangkhya Boni, R Arockiya Alish, Sanker Sargar, Gogoi Sidhanta, Charu Pesi, Markio Tario and Sorkhaibam Bindyarani Devi, N Tomchou Meetei, Niraj Pradhan, Akanksha Vyavahare, Shivani Yadav, Kajol Sargar, Jyoti Yadav, Komal Kohar, Sarika Shingare and Ajay Singh.

Wrestling - Core Group: Ravi Kumar, Bajrang Punia, Deepak Punia, Vinesh Phogat, Anshu Malik and Sonam Malil.

Development Group: Sunil Kumar, Ravi, Ravinder, Gourav Baliyan, Sajan, Sanju Devi, Aman, Aman, Rohit, Yash Tushir, Sandeep Singh, Deepak, Anirudh Kumar, Arjun Halakurki, Sandeep, Ashu, Hanni Kumari, Sarita, Nisha, Bhateri and Bipasha.

Para Sports – Core Group: Archery: Harvinder Singh; Athletics: T Mariyappan, Sharad Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Sandeep Chaudhary, Sumit Antil, Sundar Singh Gurjar, Amit Saroha, Devendra Jhajharia, Nishad Kumar, Navdeep and Yogesh Kathunia. Badminton: Suhas Yathiraj, Krishna Nagar, Pramod Bhagat, Manoj Sarkar, Tarun Dhillon and Parul Parmar. Shooting: Avani Lekhara, Manish Narwal and Singhraj Adana. Swimming: Suyash Jadhav. Table Tennis: Bhavina Patel.

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