Central government is going to start Junior Target Olympic Podium Scheme (J-TOPS) 2020-2021. The main objective of this scheme is to encourage youths to take up sports as hobby and career. Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs announces that govt. will implement Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) at junior level from this year itself. Junior TOPS 2020-21 will provide financial assistance India’s top athletes at junior level.
The Junior Target Olympic Podium Scheme 2020-21 is going to add premium to the preparations of these athletes so that they can win Olympic medals in 2020 and 2024 Olympics. Dept. of Sports will identify athletes who are potential medal winners in 2020 and 2024 Olympics.
The idea of Junior TOPS 2020-21 is to keep an eye in the future and fund a developmental group of athletes who are medal prospects for the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles Games in 2028.
Junior Target Olympic Podium Scheme (J-TOPS) 2020-21
From this year onward, the central govt. will start Junior Target Olympic Podium Scheme 2020-21. Under the Junior TOPS Scheme, govt. will fund junior athletes in the age group of 12, 13, 14 and 15 years. Parents will not have to worry for their children who are interested in sports. In case the youngster is talented, then the govt. will take care of that child. This announcement is made by Kiren Rijiju during book launch event of “Dreams of a Billion – India and the Olympic Games” written by Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta.
Both the People of India and Central govt. will have to change their way of looking and taking of sports. Indians will have to change their mindsets towards games if the country wants to become a sports powerhouse. Sports is one thing which is reflected in people action. People can just simply blame any one for India not being able to perform in Olympics. No matter how hard we try, if we are unable to change mindset of people then it would be difficult.
India needs to change its mindset to become sporting powerhouse. India needs to compete and perform across various sports to be there at the top of the medal tally. The size of India is not suitable for only 3 to 4 medals. India should be talking about figuring in top 10 in 2028 Olympics. The central govt. emphasizes on the need to promote sports among school children and at the university level. Khelo India School Games and Khelo India Youth Games are such an initiative to promote sporting culture in the society.
We have a School Games Federation in India but we never had School Games. Central govt. is going to bring structural changes in sports to bring revolutionary effect. Khelo India University Games have been started where govt. can identify talented athletes as most of the champions comes from universities.