The sports ministry has announced that it has accepted the Olympic Task Force’s recommendation of providing a stipend of Rs 50,000 per month to the elite athletes preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, Asian Games or the Commonwealth Games to meet pocket expenses. The government has selected 152 elites under Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme. All the athletes will get benefit from this decision. The stipend will be paid with effect from 1st September, 2017. This decision was announced by the Minister of State (I/C) youth affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd.) on social media platform Twitter. Further, Government is getting in touch with all the athletes selected under TOP to get training & competition exposure plan and any further assistance required for preparation of prestigious competitions.