‘Athletes received Rs 3.14 crore TOPS allowance’

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore - InsideSport

The players, gunning for glory at the Asian and Commonwealth Games this year and the 2020 Olympics, have received Rs 3.14 crore as out of pocket allowance to meet their training expenses, national news agency PTI has reported.

The government has released Rs 3.14 crore as out of pocket allowance of 175 sportspersons under the Target Olympic Podium scheme in the last quarter of 2017, according to Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore. The amount has been released from the National Sports Development Fund for the period from September to December last year, Rathore said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

“The rate of Out of Pocket Allowance from NSDF is Rs 50,000 per month and it is admissible with effect from September 2017 or from subsequent months of selection of the athlete whichever is later,” he said.

The TOP Scheme aims to identify, groom and prepare potential medal prospects for Olympic and Paralympic Games. The selected athletes are provided financial assistance for their customised training at institutes having world class facilities and for other necessary support.

Rathore in response to another question has also revealed 110 and 67 sportspersons had failed dope tests in 2015 and 2016 respectively.