Inderjit Singh, the country’s best shot-putter has raised voice against Target Olympics Podium scheme (TOP) offered by Union sports ministry for the preparation of the medal-prospect athletes in the Rio Olympics next year.
Inderjit who has already ensured a berth in the Indian squad for the Rip Olympics by having earned qualifying marks has been here in Kolkata to participate in the Open National Athletics championship, being held at the SAI complex. The shot-putter who finished in 11th position in the recently held World Championship had made a written appeal to the Union sports ministry for Rs 30 lakhs for his preparation for the Rio Olympics. But according to the shot-putter, the Union sports ministry has not yet sent him a reply of that appeal letter in eight months.
Inderjit said on Tuesday at the SAI complex after his training that he was extremely shocked at the Union sports ministry’s negligence towards him. He stated, “I want to take my coach Priyant Singh and another international shot-putter Shakti Singh abroad where we will train altogether. And this might be the reason Union sports ministry looks reluctant to offer the amount I have appealed for. But this is not fair. I know I have been included in the TOP scheme. Then why should not I get the money which was initially mentioned in the scheme for all the athletes?” The beleaguered shot-putter who is aiming to throw the ball to 21 at least meter distance in the Open National championship also hinted that he might pull out his name of the TOP scheme. Inderjit clarified, “If I have to roam around for managing sponsorships before I go abroad for training before the Rio Olympics then why I should be in the TOP scheme? Rather it will be better for me to withdraw from this scheme.”