Athletics: Irfan, Shivpal included in TOPS Core group, Arpinder excluded

Harpal  Singh Bedi 

New Delhi: Javelin Thrower  Shivpal Singh and 20Km walker  KT Irfan, both of whom have qualified for Olympics, are among the  eightr Track and Field athletes  to  be  included in the core group of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).

The decision to include athletes in the TOPS core group was based on their performance progression and their qualification or high probability of qualification for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled next year. 

Six other athletes inducted into the TOPS scheme: are  ,(Men)  Arokia Rajiv, Noah Nirmal Tom, Alex Anthony (400m and 4x400m relay), 

Women; Dutee Chand (100m and 200m). Annu Rani ( Javelin ) MR Poovamma ( 400m and 4x400m relay) . India earned an Olympic quota in the Mixed 4x400m relay at the 2019 World Championships.

Following performance review, 9 athletes who are part of the TOPS scheme have been retained including Neeraj Chopra, Hima Das and Tajinder Pal Singh Toor. 

Triple Jumper Arpinder Singh was excluded from the TOPS scheme.

The following 7 athletes have been included in TOPS developmental group: 

Men; Harsh Kumar ( 400m and 4x400m relay), Tejaswin Shankar ( High Jump),

Women;  Veeramani Revathi, Vithya R ( 400m and 4x400m relay), Shaili Singh (Long Jump), Sandra Babu ( Triple Jump) and Harshita Sehrawat ( Hammer Throw).HSB

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