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BHUBANESWAR: Odia athlete Dutee Chand has been included in the core group of the Centre’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) for Olympics preparation.
Under the TOPS, a flagship scheme of the Union ministry of youth affairs and sports, the Centre provides assistance to the country’s top athletes and potential medal winners. The scheme has been designed to help the athletes to win medals in the Tokyo Olympics, next year and 2024 Olympics.
Dutee, the fastest woman in the country at present, said inclusion of her name in the TOPS will help her to get better training including in foreign countries ahead of the next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
“I want to thank Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju for including my name in the core group of the TOPS. I also thank chief minister Naveen Patnaik and the state government for all support. I believe better training outside the country will help me to improve my performance,” said Dutee.
Dutee, who recently won the Arjuna award, said all her focus now is to secure a berth in the next Olympics game. She has been currently training at the Kalinga Stadium here.