Wrestler Ritu Phogat dropped from TOPS after identifying to absorb Mixed Martial Arts
Wrestler Ritu Phogat was on Tuesday dropped from the authorities’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme after she decided to shift her loyalty to Mixed Martial Arts. The Sports Authority of India has decided to drop Ritu from the TOPS programme after the younger wrestler made herself unavailable for 2020 Tokyo Olympics and decided to try her good fortune in MMA in Singapore. “Wrestler Ritu Phogat who had earlier been inducted into the TOPS scheme, has been excluded from the scheme considering that she can not be participating within the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, resulting from her shifting to Singapore to educate for Mixed Martial Arts,” SAI stated in a assertion. Ritu, who has a gold in Commonwealth Wrestling besides a bronze in Asian Championships, is the youngest sister of Geeta and Babita Phogat, on whom the Aamir Khan-starrer Bollywood film ‘Dangal’ became made. Among other choices taken at a meeting, which changed into also attended by SAI Director General Neelam Kapur and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra among others, the SAI’s Mission Olympic Cell has selected 5 para-badminton gamers for inclusion within the TOPS for Tokyo Paralympic Games. Manoj Sarkar and Pramod Bhagat (Men’s Singles-SL3), Sukant Kadam, Tarun and Suhas Yathiraj (Men’s Singles-SL4) are the five strongest men’s singles para shuttlers who have been recognized for inclusion in TOPS.
Parul Parmar and Manasi Joshi are the two female para shuttlers who’ve been stored on the watchlist. Six swimmers have also been selected inside the developmental institution for 2024 Olympics. The swimmers decided on inside the improvement institution are Srihari Nataraj (100m and 200m backstroke), Advait Page (800m and 1500m freestyle), Kushagra Rawat (400m and 800m freestyle), Aryan Nehra (1500m freestyle), Kenisha Gupta (50m and 100m freestyle), Aryan Makhija (800m and 1500m freestyle). Sajan Prakash and Virdhawal Khade had been protected within the watchlist and their performances may be reviewed on the World Championships to be held in September, 2019. In addition, younger swimmers Maana Patel, Neel Roy, Likhit SP, Khushi Dinesh and Lohith M, have also been protected inside the watchlist. Among different decisions, the SAI additionally cleared financial proposals associated with education, opposition and device for the Indian athletes who are part of the TOPS scheme in 5 sports – wrestling, capturing, athletics, tennis and weightlifting.