Abhinav Bindra resigned as chairman of Target Olympic Podium (TOP) committee
Shooting legend Abhinav Bindra on Friday resigned as the chairman of the sports ministry's Target Olympic Podium (TOP) committee to avoid any potential conflict of interest.
In a letter posted on his official Twitter handle, India's lone individual gold medallist Bindra announced his decision to discontinue as National Observer for Shooting and TOP Identification Committee chairman as he wants to focus on private projects and expanding his Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Centres across India.
What is the TOP committee?
The committee has the objective of identifying and supporting potential medal prospects for 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games under the TOP scheme, which was formulated keeping in mind the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. Under the scheme, the selected athletes are provided financial assistance for their customised training at institutes having world-class facilities and other necessary support which is expected to result in improved performance and a higher position in medals tally for the country. Benchmark for selection of athletes under the scheme is in relation to international standards. Bindra was in January this year appointed the chairman of a reconstituted TOP committee, which also has yesteryear sprint star PT Usha and badminton great Prakash Padukone among others. He was part of the previous committee but quit to focus on his preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Minister of State (Independent charge) for sports and youth affairs:
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
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