MOC clears Olympian Fouaad Mirza’s proposal for various international competitions ahead of Paris Olympics -
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MOC clears Olympian Fouaad Mirza’s proposal for various international competitions ahead of Paris Olympics

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Khel Today Bureau 

New Delhi:Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) during their 127th meeting approved equestrian Fouaad Mirza’s proposal to compete in five competitions ahead of the upcoming Paris Olympics.

Fouaad who is currently the 1st Reserve in Olympic Group Rankings, and 2nd Reserve in Olympic World Rankings for Paris, will be given financial assistance towards competing in Fédération Equestre Internationale’s (FEI) Events in Kronenberg, Sopot, Marbach, Strzegom and Baborowko.

Ministry, under its Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) funding will cover Fouaad’s airfare, accommodation costs, entry fees, and horse grooming costs among other expenditures. TOPS will also cover his expenditure for equipment such as riding breeches, riding boots, riding gloves, tailcoats, jackets and other equipment for the horses.

During the meeting, MOC also approved racewalker Priyanka Goswami’s proposal towards training in Australia. Priyanka, who under TOPS funding, had trained in Australia earlier this year as well, will return to train under coach Brent Vallance for another 34 days. TOPS will cover her and her masseur’s airfare, accommodation and food costs, coaching fee, expenditure for local transportation for training & airport, sports science support and Out of out-of-pocket allowance for other expenditures.

MOC also approved table tennis players Swastika Ghosh, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Archana Kamath and Manika Batra’s proposals for financial assistance towards various competitions.

While Swastika will compete in WTT Feeder events in Dusseldorf and Havirov, Sathiyan will take part in WTT Feeder events in Varazdin (Zagreb) and Havirov. Indian ace Manika Batra along with her coach Aman Balgu will head to Korea to participate in WTT Champions Incheon. Archana Kamath meanwhile will compete in WTT Feeder events in Varazdin and Dusseldorf and will also be training in Germany Dusseldorf ahead of the WTT event. Ministry under TOPS funding will cover their airfare, accommodation and food cost, entry fee, local Transportation cost and training charges at DTTZ – Dusseldorf for Archana.

In Para-sports, MOC approved proposals of para-shooter Singhraj Adhana and para-athlete Pranav Soorma for sports equipment, sparring partner fees and physiotherapist fees for para-badminton players Nithya Sre and Mandeep Kaur and financial assistance towards participation in Marrakech 2024 World Para Athletics Grand Prix event for Para – Javelin thrower Rinku Hooda.

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