Former long jump champion Anju Bobby George appointed TOPS chairperson

Date: November 26, 2015

Olympic Games Youth Affairs

The sports ministry has cleared appointment of  Anju Bobby George for the post that fell vacant after the resignation of Anurag Thakur.

Anju, the only Indian to have won a medal at World Championships (Paris, 2003), will be assuming charge in December first week. She is presently a member of the TOPS' identification committee, which also includes national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid.

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About Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme:-

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (Department of Sports) have formulated ‘NSDF Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme’ in the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) with the objective of identifying and supporting potential medal prospects for 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. Focused disciplines will be Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Wrestling and Shooting.
The selected athletes will be provided financial assistance for their customized training at Institutes having world class facilities and other necessary support. Benchmark for selection of athletes under the scheme will be in relation to international standards. There will be annual/semi-annual review of performance of selected athletes.