(Eds: Updating with more information) New Delhi, Jul 11 (PTI) In a departure from the norm, the Mission Olympic Cell today included the entire Indian hockey team in the TOP scheme, rewarding the players for their silver medal-winning performance at the Champions Trophy. Athletes from different sports have been included in Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) individually but it is first instance that an entire team has been made beneficiary of the financial assistance scheme. Each of the 18 members of the hockey team will now get a monthly allowance of Rs 50,000. The men’s hockey team, under new coach Harendra Singh, ended runner-up at the Breda event after losing the final to Australia in a thrilling penalty shootout. A press release from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said that the women’s hockey team’s inclusion in the TOPS would depend on the review of its performance in the upcoming World Cup and the Asian Games. Among the other notable decisions taken, double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has been sanctioned Rs 6.62 lakh for hiring two sparring partners and a physiotherapist for his ongoing training stint in Georgia. Another Rs 3.22 lakh has been sanctioned for Bajrang Punia and Sumit for their training and tournament participation in Turkey. Boxer Sarajubala Devi got an extension under after qualifying for the Asian Games. Among the other sports, gymnastics received a total grant of Rs 21.76 lakh. It includes Rs. 7.76 lakh for the month-long training program of Pranati Nayak in Uzbekistan. Another Rs 14 lakh (approximate) was sanctioned for the 32-day program including a training camp in Belgium for Ashish Kumar and Aruna Budda Reddy.advertisement Davis Cupper Ramkumar Ramanathan will get Rs 12.57 lakh for his training (under coach Angel Gimenez Alonso), competition and equipment expenses leading up to the Asian Games. A total of Rs 11.48 lakh has been budgeted for the purchase of archery equipment for three compound archers Trisha Deb, Rajat Chauhan and Jyothi Surekha Vennam and one recurve archer Promila Daimary. Further, Rs 4.04 lakh has been sanctioned for the engagement of Italian coach Sergio Pagni to train India’s compound archers for a period of 10 days at the SAI Sonepat centre ahead of the Asian Games. The four compound archers who will be trained are Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan, Trisha Deb and Jyothi Surekha Vennam. Judokas Avtar Singh and Vijay Kumar Yadav will get Rs 3.55 lakh for their training, competition (to be accompanied by coach Yashpal Solanki) and equipment expenses ahead of the Asian Games. The committee also decided to exclude Tulika Mann from the TOPS scheme due to her recent below-par performances. However there was bad news for Wushu as Uchit Sharma, Arupama Devi and Budha Chandra have been excluded from the TOPS due to below par performance and non-inclusion in the Asian Games squad. PTI KHS BS ATAT
Swansea City Swansea City confirm Carvalhal appointment Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 20:08 12/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal Swansea City Premier League The former Sheffield Wednesday boss will replace Paul Clement at the Liberty Stadium on an initial deal until the end of the season Swansea City have named former Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal as their new manager to replace the sacked Paul Clement on an initial deal until the end of the season.Clement was dismissed as Swansea boss earlier this month after a run of nine defeats in 11 matches left them bottom of the Premier League, with midfielder Leon Britton overseeing the last two games in caretaker charge.The Welsh club have now turned to Portuguese boss Carvalhal, who was dismissed by the Owls on Christmas Eve having claimed just six wins in the Championship this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We felt we needed to get the managerial situation resolved as soon as possible and while the timing is not always perfect, we can look forward to the second half of the campaign with renewed optimism,” chairman Huw Jenkins told the club’s official website.”Carlos’ time at Sheffield Wednesday, which included securing two consecutive play-off places, highlighted that he has great character and personality to lead the squad and the football club, which is vital at such a crucial time.”He has built up a lot of experience over the years which will ensure the team is structured and organised.”He is driven and ambitious and while he has a big challenge ahead of him, I know he will tackle it without fear.”Welcome to @SwansOfficial , Carlos Carvalhal! #WelcomeCarlos pic.twitter.com/DT3BHm3bzx — Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) December 28, 2017 Carvalhal’s deal will run until June, with the club retaining an option to extend his stay.The 52-year-old was appointed at Hillsborough in June 2015 following the sacking of Stuart Gray, and he led the club to the play-off final in his first season in charge where they were beaten 1-0 by Hull City at Wembley.A fourth-placed finish last term led to another shot at the play-offs, but this time the Owls fell in the semi-finals to eventual winners Huddersfield Town on a penalty shootout.However, a poor run of form this term, coupled with some abject performances, signalled the end of his tenure.Carvalhal becomes Swansea’s fifth permanent manager in two years and he immediately faces the unenviable task of trying to guide the strugglers to Premier League safety.Swansea have won just three of their 20 league matches this season and are five points adrift of safety.His first assignment is a trip to out-of-form Watford on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.