Four Tokyo Games-bound boxers included in sports ministry's TOP Scheme
World bronze-medallist Simranjeet Kaur (60kg), Asian medallist Pooja Rani (75kg) joined MC Mary Kom in the elite group. Among men, Asian silver-winner Ashish Kumar (75kg) and Asian Games bronze-winner Satish Kumar (+91kg) have been included in a group.
New Delhi: Four Olympic-bound Indian boxers - two men and as many women - have been included in the sports ministry's Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Monday.
World bronze-medallist Simranjeet Kaur (60kg), Asian medallist Pooja Rani (75kg) joined MC Mary Kom in the elite group.
Asian silver-winner Ashish Kumar (75kg) and Asian Games bronze-winner Satish Kumar (+91kg) have been included in a group that already features Amit Panghal (52kg), Manish Kaushik (63kg), and Vikas Krishan (69kg) among the Tokyo-bound.
Lovlina Borgohain and Kavinder Singh Bisht are also part of the core group.
"Nikhat Zareen (51kg), Sonia Chahal (57kg) and Shiva Thapa (63kg) were moved to the TOPS Developmental group from the Core Group," the SAI stated.
Zareen participates in the same weight category as Mary Kom while Thapa competes with Kaushik for the 63kg slot.
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