Special preparedness for Rio Olympics

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that preparations for improving the performance of sportspersons and teams of the country in international sports events is an ongoing exercise. However, preparations for the forthcoming Olympic Games, which are scheduled to be held from 5-21 August 2016 at Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), are going on in right earnest. 
He said, Identified medal prospects are being provided financial assistance for their customized training at Institutes having world class facilities and other necessary support under Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme, which the Government specifically formulated and launched in 2014 under National Sports Development Fund with the objective of identifying and supporting potential medal prospects for Rio Olympics 2016 and Olympic Games 2020. 
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said, further, National coaching camps are being organized and competitive exposure abroad is being provided to the identified probables under the Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations so that more and more sportspersons qualify for participation in Rio Olympics 2016 and put up their best performance in the Olympic Games

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