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Govt okays funds for Olympian Neeraj Chopra’s training in Turkey

Olympian Neeraj Chopra’s training in Turkey (Image Source: PIB)

The Mission Olympic Cell of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has approved Olympic Gold Medallist Neeraj Chopra’s proposal to train at Gloria Sports Arena, Turkey for 61 days.

Neeraj Chopra, who under Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) funding, had trained at Gloria Sports Arena last year as well, will leave for Turkey on April 1 and will remain there till May 31.

The TOPS funding will cover Neeraj, his coach Klaus Bartonietz and his physiotherapist’s airfare, boarding & lodging, medical insurance, and local transportation costs among other expenses.

The other proposals for sportsmen that were also approved at the Mission Olympic Cell meeting on March 16 include, financial assistance for procurement of Golf Set equipment and hiring a personal coach, fitness and nutrition trainer for deaf Olympic gold medallist Diksha Dagar as well as financial assistance for badminton players Priyanshu Rajawat for participating in the Swiss Open, Spain Masters & Orleans Masters and for shuttler Sankar Muthusamy to take part participation in Orlen Polish Open and Slovenia Yonex Open.