The Government is supporting sportspersons through National Sports Federations for their training, foreign exposures and competitions to enable them to obtain maximum quota for participation in the Tokyo Olympics, 2020. Under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) customized training and allied facilities are also being made available to medal prospects and high achievers. Besides, ‘out of pocket allowance’ @ Rs. 50,000/- per month is given to the sportspersons included in TOPS for meeting their contingent and miscellaneous expenses.
Selection of Players through ‘Khelo India’.
The Government has also put in place a detailed and transparent procedure entailing selection of players through a two-tier structure consisting of talent Scouting Committee and Talent Identification and Development Committee for training. The identified players are finally selected to the scheme with the approval of a High Power Committee chaired by Director General, Sports Authority of India. For participation in Khelo India Games, the players are selected by the State Governments based on criteria such as participation in School Games Federation of India Nationals, nomination by National Sports Federations / Central Board of Secondary Education, wild card entries.
Preparation and training of Indian sportspersons and teams for forthcoming International Events is a continuous process which is being undertaken in accordance with the Annual Calendar of Training & Competitions (ACTCs) prepared in consultation with the Sports Authority of India and the concerned National Sports Federations. Accordingly, financial assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs) under the scheme for assistance to NSF of this Ministry is provided for coaching camps, competitive exposure in international sports events, diet, food supplements, services of Indian and foreign coaches/supporting staff, scientific and medical support etc., Further, through Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) under the ambit of the National Sports Development Fund, customized training is being provided to identified sportspersons with medal potential at International level.