Indian Sports Ministry, grant entry to Davinder Singh Kang in TOPS list.
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Davinder Singh Kang is the first Indian Javelin athlete to qualify for World Championship Finals and second Indian athlete after Anju Bobby George. He achieved this feat in World Championships held in London 2017. He is currently ranked number 20 in the world and is number 2 for India.
His journey has not been smooth. He has self-financed his equipment, supplements and nutrition. He currently owes loan of around Rs 6 lakhs and all which is taken by his father. He even qualified for London finals with an injured shoulder and during competition he was without any proper guide or coach.
With current TOP scheme announced by Indian Government under new Sports Minister Shri Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is a boon to athletes like Davinder who have sacrificed a lot to bring accolades for India. According, to this scheme government will provide a support of Rs 50,000 per month to the selected athletes. Currently, there are 152 athletes in this list.
The current list which was announced recently has name of all the major Indian athletes but Davinder is not included. This makes it a counterproductive move, as. the best performer has been kept out of the best reform in Indian sports in recent times.
In any field the success and accolades are measured by the performance and by keeping Davinder out of this prestigious list the government is sending wrong message. This will deflate the confidence of young athletes who have welcomed this decision thinking that if they do well government will take care of their expenses and will support them to reach greater heights.
As a fan and supporter of Indian athletics, we request Shri Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, an Olympian himself to reconsider his decision and take Davinder Singh Kang into this list and thus, set an example that
"Better your performance more support Government will provide."
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