September 27, 2022

Team India & Refugee Nation – ALL THE BEST! TOP 10 Facts on this 2016 Olympics…!

1. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports’ ‘Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme’ created under the National Sports Development Fund to provide customized training to athletes participating in the Rio Olympics. A budget of Rs 45 crore was allotted for this purpose, in which over 100 athletes were covered. Financial assistance ranging between Rs 30 to 150 lakh was sanctioned to each athlete.

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2. Under the Annual Calendar of Training and Competitions, liberal financial assistance has been provided to the athletes for training and competitions abroad with a total budget of Rs 180 crore for the last two years.

3. During the period between the 2012 Olympics 2012 and now, SAI centres have been equipped with modern facilities such as anti-gravity treadmills, hypoxic chambers and neurotrackers. In addition, modern sports science equipment have also been procured and provided at various centres, which have been utilised by athletes.

4. The number of technical officials such as personal coaches, physio, masseurs and trainers required for athletes for Rio Olympics preparation have been sent along with the athletes; managerial staff has been minimised.

5. Athletes practising outside or national camps have been allowed to engage personal coaches, instructors, trainers, physios and other support staff.

6. Over 40 foreign coaches and other domain experts were engaged for coaching/training of athletes.

7. A Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) has been constituted within SAI to develop, implement and monitor plans for achieving excellence in identified sport disciplines with monitorable targets and outcomes. The composition of the MOC includes presidents of the leading federations, IOA, chief national coaches and former Olympians.

8. In earlier Olympics, for the purpose of getting acclimatised, athletes were sent only two or three days before the start of the Games. This time, it was left to the convenience of athletes to reach Rio as early as 15-20 days to get used to the climate, environment and so on.

9. Diet money for athletes was increased from Rs 450 per day to Rs 650 and food supplement charges raised from Rs 300 to Rs 700 per day.

10. Hockey players – both men and women – selected for Rio, who are not covered under the TOP Scheme, are also for the first time getting out of pocket allowances in parity with other athletes under the TOP Scheme.