It has been over 10 months since Indian boxer Vijender Singh gave up amateur boxing to turn professional, but it seems the switch was not noticed by the government.
The list comprises of India’s top athletes whom the government considers probables to bring India an medal in the upcoming Rio Olympics.
Under TOPS scheme, Singh was offered Rs 75 lakh from the TOPS corpus of Rs 40 crore, which were to be used for his training and other requirements, but come June 2015, the Haryana pugilist had shocked everyone and announced that he was turning pro and thus ruling himself out of the upcoming Olympic competitions as he was no longer eligible.
But despite that fact, Singh continued to figure in the ministry list beneficiaries till about early this week.
It seems the ministry never paid enough attention all these months to strike off his name from the TOPS list and rather earmark his funding to other sportspersons who were in the waiting to be added on the list.
Fearing embarrassment, they immediately dropped Vijender’s name on April 11, as they had been instructed by the PMO to submit the latest list of athletes immediately.
The decision to drop the above three names were taken looking at their performance in the past few months.