By Nitin Srivastava Sports activities Authority of India and Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) have taken a choice to incorporate athletes, who’ve certified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, in Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).
The choice so as to add athletes who weren’t part of TOPS was taken through the 56th MOC assembly. The assembly was attended by Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and SAI officers and representatives from the opposite federations. “Authorities is placing a variety of effort to offer all types of assist and services to athletes that’s the reason this choice has been taken,” a supply within the know of developments advised ANI.
“This may actually encourage the athletes. Some large names who’re roped in TOPS are Fouaad Mirza, his title can be formally added in coming days however authorized on precept,” the supply added. Bhavani Devi, who scripted historical past by turning into the primary fencer from India to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics has been included and star participant Sania Mirza made a come again after 2017. Additionally, Kamalpreet Kaur wasn’t in TOPS earlier and another athletes have additionally been included.
Sania was earlier chosen for TOPS through the fourth assembly of the TOPS Elite Athletes Identification Committee that was held in 2017 on the SAI headquarters. However quickly after the choice, she had withdrawn from TOPS. She is at the moment ranked 157th on the planet however has a protected rating of 9 (doubles rating) based mostly on which she is more likely to go to the Tokyo Olympics, slated to start in July this yr.
Based on WTA, particular rating is a rating freeze assigned to a participant who’s out of competitors for a minimal interval of six months as a result of a medical situation. When a participant is out of competitors for greater than 52 weeks, they get a rating freeze for 3 years based mostly on their final match performed. Inside this 3-year interval, the participant can enter 12 tournaments utilizing their protected rating (1 Grand Slam/Olympics & 1 WTA 1000 Obligatory Occasion). Sania was out of competitors for greater than 52 weeks that’s from October 2017 and returned to competitors final yr in January 2020 when she made a comeback by profitable her first doubles match in almost 2 years.
She has 9 tournaments remaining together with the Tokyo Olympics out of 12 to enter by way of the protected rating of World No. 9. Therefore, she is going to acquire direct acceptance into the doubles draw of 32 and might decide anybody as a accomplice who’s ranked inside the highest 300 from India as of June 7. (ANI)
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