Dipa Karmakar to Get TOPS Assistance After Qualifying For 2016 Rio Olympics Gymnastics
Dipa Karmakar, who became the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics, will receive funding up to Rs 30 lakh from the Sports ministry as part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS)
Dipa Karmakar, 22, hails from Agartala, Tripura
Dipa is the first Indian gymnast to qualify for Olympics in 52 years
She has won CWG and Asian Championship bronze medals
Dipa Karmakar, who became India's first woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics, will receive the sports ministry's funding of up to Rs 30 lakh under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), it was announced on Monday. (Dipa Karmakar Becomes First Indian Woman to Qualify For 2016 Rio Olympics Gymnastics)
Dipa, who is an Asian Championship bronze medallist, qualified in the artistic gymnastics event at Rio after collecting 52.698 points in the test event.
"Congrats Dipa Karmakar. By virtue of Oly qualification joins TOPS that entitles her 4 additional assistance of 30 lacs 4 customised training," the Sports Authority of India (SAI) wrote on Twitter.
The ministry of youth affairs and sports (Department of Sports) has formulated the TOP scheme for identifying and supporting potential medal prospects for the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.
Besides being the first Indian woman, Dipa is the first Indian gymnast qualifying for the quadrennial extravaganza after 52 long years.
The last participation by India in gymnastics at Olympics was way back in 1964, but during that time there was no qualification system in place.