With an eye to enhance India's medal hopes in this year's Rio Olympics, the Sports Ministry today sanctioned financial assistances for boxers Vikas Krishan and Sumit Sangwan, female discuss thrower Seema Antil Punia and shooter Chain Singh.
The Sports Ministry has approved the financial assistances from the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF). 2010 Asian Games gold medallist boxer Vikas was provided the financial assistance to avail of the services of a personal psychologist, Dr.Rajesh Kumar, till Rio Olympics.
The rate of fee will be Rs 1800 (Rupees One thousand eight hundred only) per session as per the norms prescribed under the Target Olympic Programme (TOP) scheme. The period of engagement will be from November 2015 or the actual date of engagement, whichever is later, till August 2016.
However, the period of engagement will be reviewed on the basis of performance and qualification in the Olympics, a statement from the Ministry said.
The expenditure on account of engagement of Dr.Rajesh will be met out of the budget of Rs 45 lakhs allocated to Vikas.
Besides Vikas, another boxer Sangwan too has been provided financial assistance from NSDF to for training and other support as part of preparation for 2016 Olympics. He has been allocated a budget of Rs 30 lakhs under the scheme.
The Sports Ministry has also approved financial assistance to Seema for training and other support as part of reparation for Rio Games. She has been allocated a budget of Rs 75.00 lacs under the scheme.
Seema's coach and husband Ankush Punia will also accompany her during the period of training abroad under Tony Ciarelli.
In shooting discipline, Chain Singh has been allocated a budget of Rs 40 lakhs for training and other support as part of preparation for Olympics.