Yuki Bhambri’s decision not to participate in the Asian Games and instead concentrate on his professional career has resulted in the Sports Ministry dropping him from the list of athletes funded and supported under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) (TOPS).
Instead the Mission Olympic Cell (MOC), responsible for periodic review of performances and training, competition and equipment needs, has included 32-year-old doubles specialist Divij Sharan till the Asian Games. Divij is currently ranked 43 on the ATP doubles tour.
The committee also sanctioned ₹26.03 lakh as coach and physio expenses for Rohan Bopanna for 12 weeks. Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu, under suspension for a doping violation, has also been dropped from TOPS.