New Delhi, July 19 (CNMSPORTS) - Star shooter Jitu Rai has been dropped from the latest list of sportspersons being supported by the much touted Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).
Apart from Rai, fellow shooters Yashaswini Deswal, Amanpreet Singh and Neeraj Kumar have also been dropped from the scheme. The Sports Authourity of India (SAI) cited poor form as the reason for the exclusion.
"Proposals of TOPS shooters of about Rs 50 lakhs who will be representing India at Asian Games and World Championships were approved at the meeting. A thorough performance review of shooters under TOPS was also undertaken and four shooters including Jitu Rai were dropped from the scheme, on grounds of recent below-par performances and non-selection in Asian Games and World Championship squads," the SAI said in a statement.
Jitu had enjoyed good performances earlier this year which include gold in the men's 10m air pistol category at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia last April.