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Sports Ministry announces monthly stipend of Rs 50000 to TOP athletes

Sports Ministry announces monthly stipend of Rs 50000 to TOP athletes

New Delhi, Sept 15 (UNI) The Government today accepted the Olympic Task Force's recommendation of providing a stipend of Rs 50,000 per month to the elite athletes preparing for Tokyo Olympic, Asian Games or Common Wealth Games to meet pocket expenses.


   The Government has selected 152 elites under the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme where all the athletes will get benefit from the decision. The stipend will be paid with effect from September 1, 2017.


   Announcing the decision on social media, Union Sports Minister Col Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd.) tweeted,"MYAS @IndiaSports announces Rs 50k/month pocket allowance for 152 elite athletes preparing for Tokyo/CWG/Asian Games. Athletes first, always!" "The allowance applies wef 1 Sep 2017 & is purely for pocket expenses of elite athletes. Committed to providing all resources to our champions," he said further. Moreover, the Governement is also getting in touch with all the athletes selected under TOP to get training & competition exposure plan and any further assistance required for preparation of prestigious competitions. Significantly, the TOP Scheme was launched in May 2015 with the objective of identifying and supporting potential medal prospects for 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games with special focused on Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Wrestling and Shooting. UNI KU PY

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Federer eases past Fucsovics into Melbourne quarter-finals

22 Jan 2018 | 12:32 PM

MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Roger Federer reached the Australian Open quarter-finals for the 14th time on Monday but the defending champion did not have everything his own way against 80th-ranked Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.

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S.Korea's Moon says Olympics should lead to nuclear talks with U.S.

22 Jan 2018 | 12:25 PM

SEOUL, Jan 22 (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday more efforts should be made to ensure that inter-Korean discussions for next month's Winter Olympics lead to talks between North Korea and the United States over the North's weapons programmes.

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22 Jan 2018 | 11:33 AM

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MELBOURNE - Defending champion Roger Federer faces Marton Fucsovics of Hungary for the first time in his career in the fourth round of the Australian Open, while six-times winner Novak Djokovic takes on reigning Next Gen ATP champion Chung Hyeon.

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Berdych sweeps past Fognini into quarter-finals

22 Jan 2018 | 11:29 AM

MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) Thomas Berdych belied his lowest seeding at a grand slam since 2010 by sweeping into his seventh Australian Open quarter-final with a convincing 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory over Fabio Fognini on Monday.

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Pacers make themselves at home in San Antonio

Pacers make themselves at home in San Antonio

22 Jan 2018 | 10:30 AM

Undated, Jan 22(UNI)Victor Oladipo scored 19 points and Darren Collison added 15 as the Indiana Pacers roared into San Antonio and beat the Spurs, the NBA's best home team, 94-86 on Sunday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

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