TOP Scheme will be reviewed after Asian Games: SAI DG

first_imgNew Delhi, July 5 (PTI) The beneficiaries under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) will be thoroughly reviewed after the upcoming Asian Games and the administrative mechanism of the programme will be completely overhauled, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said today. Under the TOP Scheme, some 180-odd athletes are currently getting financial assistance from the government for their training to prepare for the Asian Games and 2020 Olympics. “We will have an entire restructuring of the TOP Scheme. First, we will have a complete review of the beneficiaries after the Asian Games. Many of them are there in the list in view of the Asian Games,” SAI Director General Neelam Kapur told reporters today. Asked if there would be drastic reduction in the number of beneficiaries, she said, “Let us wait for the Asian Games to be over.” “We as a country are not currently at a stage where we can win a lot of medals (in Olympics). The idea is to nurture talented and deserving athletes. Ten years down the line, TOPS may be only for athletes preparing for Olympics.” Regarding the administrative aspect of the TOP Scheme, she said, “There will be a secretariat of the Mission Olympic Cell and we are going to outsource (the secretarial work) to some professional firm. “There will be a High Performance Manager at the top and there will be an Athlete Relation Manager who will have direct communication with elite athletes. It will be much more focussed. The idea is to have the best professional management which will also be made accountable and transparent in its functioning,” she said.advertisement She said the SAI will be restructured into a “leaner and more professional body” focussed on dealing with the core sporting activities. “We will still look after core sporting activities but will have partners and will out source non-core activities,” she said. “We are a Society and we cannot function as a government department. The idea is to serve the athletes and Indian sports and not to act as a regulator. Sports Ministry is the regulator and policy maker and SAI is not. The word Authority has been removed and we will registered as Sports India with the trademark authority.” Kapur said the SAI would not interfere in the controversy surrounding the exclusion of some sports by Indian Olympic Association from the country’s Asian Games contingent. “Selection of teams is the prerogative of NSFs and IOA and we should let them do that job. The (aggrieved) federations have made their representations (to the IOA) and they (IOA) will deal with that. We do not come into the picture and we are not going to do anything.” IOA president Narinder Batra had recently disapproved of Khelo India’s selection of hockey players for training at the academies run by the government, saying that the concerned NSF was not involved in the exercise. Asked about this, Kapur said, “Every selection has been done with full involvement of the federations. We have not kept any NSF out of this process. We have a High Power Committee and the IOA sends its representative. Batra’s representative (Lalit Bhanot) was there. He (Bhanot) is privy to whatever decision we have taken.” Kapur also said that the performance of foreign coaches working with various NSFs but under the payrolls of SAI will be be reviewed after the Asian Games. “In fact, after Commonwealth Games we had put some coaches on notice. As of now, we have not thrown out any foreign coach but we have told some of them that we are watching you. “If we are spending a lot of money on foreign coaches, they are accountable to us and they have to give results. If a federation says a coach is doing good, we will go by it. But we will have a thorough review and non-performing foreign coaches will have to go.” She also informed that the Governing Body yesterday approved the doubling of salary of coaches at the SAI academies. This move, in some cases, will put the salary of SAI Academy coaches at par with elite athlete coaches at the national camps. “The salary of the coaches at the SAI academies has been doubled while the salaries of the support staff such as doctor, physio has been enhanced,” she said. SAI Deputy Director General Sandip Pradhan said a coach at SAI academy can now get a maximum of Rs 2 lakh salary per month, a jump from earlier Rs 1 lakh. He said Indian High Performance coaches at the national camps also get Rs 2 lakh salary while the chief coaches pocket Rs 1 lakh per month. PTI PDS ATATadvertisementlast_img read more

Mark Jackson Gets Contract Extension With Warriors

Mark Jackson had never coached before the Golden State Warriors tabbed him as their head man two years ago, a move that surprised many. But Jackson quickly ascended into a winning coach, taking a downtrodden club and making it one of the most exciting teams in the NBA last season.Jackson’s way – heart-to-heart, candid communication – won over his players, and they performed under him at a high level. So much so that the team picked up the option on Jackson’s contract for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday.The move prevents Jackson from feeling as if he were coaching in a lame-duck situation the upcoming season, while also allowing more time for the sides to create a long-term deal for the former point guard of the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers.“I trust in God. I’m in the best hands possible, and I don’t mean Arn Tellem,” the ordained minister joked after the season ended in May. By then, his team had already upset the Denver Nuggets in the playoffs, solidifying his stature as an up-and-coming star coach.He took the Warriors from a 23-43 record during the lockout-shortened season his first year to a 47-35 team that earned the Western Conference’s sixth seed and eliminated Denver in the first round of the playoffs. The eventual conference champion San Antonio Spurs knocked Golden State out in six games in the second round.The Warriors posted the second-highest winning percentage improvement behind Brooklyn. Golden State also is positioned for more success with point guard Stephen Curry anchoring a collection of promising young talent, and Jackson made it work. His players trusted him and his solid career as a point guard in the league gave him credibility. read more

Government calls Howells death tremendous loss

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government offers sincere condolences to the family and friends on the death of the late Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell. The Premier, Dr. The Hon. Rufus W. Ewing, in deep reflection commented, “Our nation has suffered a tremendous loss today.”One of Rev. Howell’s most notable national accomplishments is the penning of the National Song This Land Of Ours. Rev. Howell, as many knew him, was a true patriot to our country and a soldier for our people. Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell will be greatly missed.” Related Items:national song, this land of ours Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

La Jolla Village Drive reopened after construction finishes one day early

first_img February 14, 2019 Posted: February 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom La Jolla Village Drive reopened after construction finishes one day early SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – La Jolla Village Drive at Genesee Avenue was reopened today, one day ahead of schedule, when workers finished installing concrete girders above the intersection. Construction crews began placing the four girders last Friday, each weighing 95 tons, and had expected to re-open the roadway tomorrow.According to the San Diego Association of Governments, the concrete set and hardened faster than expected, allowing crews to reopen the heavily traveled intersection to traffic this morning.The girder installation is part of the $2.17 billion Mid-Coast Trolley Blue Line Extension, which includes a planned 11-mile extension of trolley service by MTS from Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego to University City.The trolley will eventually run on the raised tracks where the girders were installed.The extension will add trolley stops in Mission Bay Park, UC San Diego and Westfield UTC. SANDAG received $1.04 billion in funding from the Federal Transit Administration to complete the project.The extension and related projects are intended to reduce traffic congestion as the county’s population increases. Construction on the extension began in 2016 and is scheduled to be fully  completed in 2021.More info: Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more