NEW DELHI: Skeet specialists Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa have emerged as the biggest beneficiaries in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) funding to the country’s Tokyo Olympics-bound shooters. An unprecedented 15 Indian shooters have qualified for the Olympics. Mairaj has received a total of Rs 1.02 crore in TOPS funding while Angad was sanctioned Rs 73.11 lakh, the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) TOPS division informed on Tuesday.
Mairaj received Rs 88.1 lakh in customised support while another 14 lakh as out-of-pocket (OPA) allowance. The Rio Olympian was initially part of the TOPS from September 2017 to August 2018. He was later reintroduced in the scheme in December 2019.
Angad’s financial grant stood at Rs 53.11 lakh in customised support and an additional Rs 20 lakh as OPA. He has been part of the TOPS since September 2017.
Among the rifle/pistol shooters, men’s 50m rifle 3P specialist Sanjeev Rajput cornered the biggest chunk of TOPS funding with an overall sanction of Rs 38.28 lakh, followed by women’s 10m air rifle quota holder Anjum Moudgil at Rs 37.89 lakh and men’s 10m air rifle marksman Deepak Kumar at Rs 35.58 lakh.
Pistol shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker lead the funding chart with an overall sanction of Rs 32.97 lakh and 29.93 lakh, respectively. As part of the money allocated, Saurabh received Rs 14.57 lakh in customised support and Rs 18.5 lakh as OPA. For Manu, she was sanctioned Rs 13.43 lakh in customised support and Rs 16.5 lakh as OPA.
Other Tokyo-bound beneficiaries include: Abhishek Verma (Rs 16.23 lakh), Yashaswini Deswal (Rs 20.39 lakh), Rahi Sarnobat ( Rs 27.73 lakh), Divyansh Singh Panwar (Rs 20.35 lakh), Apurvi Chandela (Rs 20 lakh), Elavenil Valarivan (Rs 14 lakh), Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar (Rs 8 lakh) and Tejaswini Sawant (Rs 21.97 lakh).