Commonwealth Games gold medallist weightlifter Sanjita Chanu, whose 'A' dope sample tested positive for a banned substance, has been dropped from the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme, along with tennis player Yuki Bhambri.
Sanjita, who won a gold in women's 53kg class in the Gold Coast CWG in April, had tested positive for an anabolic steroid in a test conducted during the World Championships in USA in November last year and she has been put under provisional suspension.
Yuki was left out as he will not take part in the upcoming Asian Games as the dates clash with the US Open. He was exempted by All Indian Tennis Association from Asian Games as he stood a good chance of qualifying for the main draw of US Open.
The decisions were taken at the Mission Olympic Cell meeting here to clear funding proposals regarding training, competition and equipment needs.
"A total of Rs 26.03 lakhs has been sanctioned by the committee to Rohan Bopanna for the use of a coach and physio for a period of 12 weeks starting 7th May. Bopanna, who is a part of India's 2018 Asian Games squad, is a prolific doubles player and reached the semifinals of the mixed doubles event in the 2016 Olympics," it said.
Rs 65.42 lakhs was sanctioned for trap shooters Shreyasi Singh, Seema Tomar, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Ankur Mittal and Shardul Vihan for training and participating in a competition in Italy ahead of the Asian Games.
The committee also approved the hiring of physiotherapist Shrikant Iyengar for weightlifters Mirabai Chanu, Rakhi Halder, Jeremy and Pardeep Singh for five-and-half months, starting June 15 at an expense of Rs 1.76 lakh.
The committee also sanctioned Rs 4.91 lakh to squash player Joshna Chinappa for a month's training in Bristol. Rs 9.53 lakh was given to archers Abhishek Verma, V Jyothi Surekha, Atanu Das, Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi along with their coach Jiwanjot Singh Teja for participation in the World Cup in USA from June 16-25.
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