Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs Current Affairs

Entire Men’s Hockey team included in Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS)

The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) of Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs has included entire Men’s Hockey team of India under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). This is first instance that entire team has been made beneficiary of the scheme as earlier only individual athletes from different sports were included as beneficiaries of the scheme.

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The decision to include hockey was taken after India’s performance had improved as they had finished runners up in Champions Trophy in Netherlands. The 18 team members will be provided with monthly allowance of Rs. 50,000 each under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). The women’s team may be also included in the TOPS after reviewing its performance in the upcoming World Cup and following Asian Games.

Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS)

TOPS was launched by Ministry of Sports within the ambit of National Sports Development Fund (NSDF). It aims at identifying and supporting potential medal prospects for upcoming Olympic Games. It will provide selected sportspersons customized training at institutes having world class facilities and also other necessary support is being provided to the elite athletes. It will also provide a benchmark for selection of athletes on par with international standards.

Under it, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and federations, which are members of Mission Olympic Cell (MOC), will be nodal agencies for disbursal for fund. They will make payments directly to beneficiary person and institution concerned on behalf of athletes. Abinav Bindra Committee was constituted to identify and support potential medal prospects for 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games under the scheme.

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Sports Ministry to introduce ranking system for national sports federations

The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs is planning to introduce ranking system for National Sports Federations (NSFs). It is aimed at inculcating healthy competition between sports bodies. This will be for first time the Sports Ministry will have system by which sports federations will be ranked or rated according to set parameters

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The rankings will be based on federations’ administrative capability, transparency, talent-spotting ability, and medal count of athletes. It will also take into consideration implementation of the sports code — which, among other things, bars officials over 70 years old.

The sports ministry will set up committee for this purpose. The committee will comprise sports administrators, sportspersons and professionals from other fields, including chartered accountants and management experts. It will conduct its own study and also ask NSFs to submit audited accounts, give details of how professional management practices have been implemented, and how effectively they have addressed players’ grievances.

However, there is still no provision to link release of funds to NSFs to the rankings. The ranking system seeks to be an incentive for national sports federations to improve their internal systems of management, governance and talent promotion.

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