Financial assistance

MOC approves financial assistance for Asian Games and TOPS archers to WC

The 72nd Mission Olympics Cell (MOC) at its recent meeting approved financial assistance of Rs 33.18 lakh (approximately Rs 3.5 lakh per archer) for Target Olympics Podium Scheme (TOPS) development archers Parth Salunkhe, Aditya Choudhary, Dipti Kumari, Simranjeet Kaur, Neeraj Chauhan, Ridhi, Madhu Vedwan, Sudhanshu Bisht, Divyansh Kumar and Tisha Punia will add a second piece of equipment (bow set) for international competitions including World Cups and Asian Games at to come. Speaking about the financial assistance to get the second bow, Archer Ridhi and Neeraj Chauhan, who have been selected to represent India in the upcoming World Cups, said: “The second bow will be very important for us because World Archery has recently changed its rules and will now give us no extra time for set-up in the event of equipment malfunctioning during the event, so having a second piece of equipment as a backup will be crucial for all of us so we don’t waste time or performance.”

Archer Simranjeet Kaur also added: “Having a second set of bows will also help us be mentally at peace during training and the event as we will have an immediate backup with us in case the equipment malfunctions. We also won’t waste our training or event time in the event of equipment failure and will be able to train with the second arc and adapt to it quickly.” The Archery Association of India (AAI) had announced the Indian national teams for the next four stages of the Archery World Cups in March this year, with 6 TOPS development archers namely Parth Salunkhe, Aditya Choudhary, Dipti Kumari, Simranjeet Kaur, Neeraj Chauhan and Ridhi. ) being selected for one or more of the upcoming international events. (ANI)

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