22 Athletes Get Rs 6.85 crore to Train for London Olympics

New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS): The sports ministry Tuesday said that it has allocated Rs.6.85 crores from National Sports Development Fund to 22 sportspersons under Operation Excellence 2012 for the London Olympics.

The biggest beneficiary is double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi, who has been granted Rs.97.37 lakhs. Among other shooters, former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu hs received Rs.91.95 lakhs while Mansher Singh has been allocated Rs.47.25 lakhs.

India's top ranked tennis player Somdev Devvarman has received Rs.39.60 lakhs while Sania Mirza, Mahesh Bhupathi, Rohan Bopanna, Yuki Bhambri, Sanam Singh and 1992 Atlanta Olympics bronze medallist Leander Paes have received Rs.36.96 lakhs each.

The assistance sanctioned is towards extensive training abroad, engagement of personal coaches both foreign and Indian, competitions and exposure abroad, scientific back-up in terms of sports psychologists, physiotherapists and masseurs.

List of sportspersons:
Ronjan Sodhi (shooting): Rs.97.37 lakhs
Manavjit Singh Sandhu (shooting): Rs.91.95 lakhs
Mansher Singh (shooting): Rs.47.25 lakhs
Krishna Poonia (discus): Rs.24.20 lakhs
Om Prakash Karhana (shot put): Rs.48.10 lakhs
Vikas Gowda (discus): Rs.24.51 lakhs
Somdev Devvarman (tennis): Rs.39.60 lakhs
Sania Mirza (tennis): Rs.36.96 lakhs
Mahesh Bhupathi (tennis): Rs.36.96 lakhs
Rohan Bopanna (tennis): Rs.36.96 lakhs
Yuki Bhambri (tennis): Rs.36.96 lakhs
Sanam Singh (tennis): Rs.36.96 lakhs
Leander Paes (tennis): Rs.36.96 lakhs
Ashish Kumar, Rakesh Patra, Alok Ranajan, Iqrar Hasan (gymnasts-men) Rs.56.83 lakhs
Dipa Karmarkar, B Aruna, Rucha Divekar, Roma Jogalekar, Meenakshi (gymnasts-women: Rs.33.08 lakhs


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