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Top athletes preparing for Olympics to get monthly stipend of Rs 50,000

Newly-appointed sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore announced that top athletes preparing for Tokyo Olympics, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games will be provided a monthly stipend of Rs 50,000 as their pocket expenses. The stipend will be paid with effect from 1st September, 2017.

“MYAS @IndiaSports announces Rs 50k/month pocket allowance for 152 elite athletes preparing for Tokyo/CWG/Asian Games. Athletes first, always!” Rathore wrote on the official Twitter handle.

The announcement of Rathore meant that the ministry has accepted the recommendation made by the Olympic Task Force Committee, headed by Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra. (https://www.sportsavour.com/prompt-action-olympic-task-force-submits-final-report-ministry/) The 152 athletes selected for Target Olympic Podium (TOP) will get this benefit.

The sports ministry is always in touch with all the athletes selected under the TOP scheme to get training and competition exposure plan and any further assistance required for preparation of the prestigious competitions.

However, veteran tennis player Leander Paes has been kept out from this scheme. Saket Myneni has also been dropped from the list of players to be given the stipend. “This is not the final list. Anyone who performs well can be added in the list later on and who fails to perform can be removed from the list,” a sports ministry official said.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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