On May 25, the Ministry of Youth and Sports’ (MYAS) Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) approved Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra’s proposal to train in Kuortane, Finland.

Neeraj, who will compete in multiple World Athletics – Gold Level tournaments in June, intends to train at the Kuortane Olympic Training Center in Finland during this time.

Neeraj, who recently became India’s first javelin thrower to become world No. 1, had followed a similar training plan in 2022 as well.

Among other proposals, the MOC members also approved canoeist Payas Jain’s proposal for an advanced training camp in Taiwan.

Proposals by Indian table tennis stars Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran to bring in personal trainers Aman Balgu and Raman Subramanian respectively for more events were also approved by the MOC. While Manika and Aman Balgu will go to WTT Contender, Zagreb and WTT Star Contender, Ljubljana, Sathiyan and Raman Subramanian will go to WTT Contender Tunis, WTT Contender Zagreb and WTT Contender Ljubljana.

Financial assistance will cover air travel expenses, camp expenses, room and board costs, medical insurance, and living allowance, among other expenses.

MOC members also placed rower Salman Khan on the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) development group. Salman, who belongs to the Mewat region of Haryana, had won gold at the Gujarat National Games last year.

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