World Athletics U20: Coach wants to include silver medalist Amit Khatri in TOPS

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Racer Amit Khatri’s coach Chandan Singh is firmly focused on the 2024 Olympics and has asked the government to include his community in the Target Olympics Podium Scheme (TOPS) after the youngster won a silver medal in the U-20 on Saturday. World Athletics Championships in Nairobi.

Khatri, who drove 42 minutes 17.94 seconds, led to the final two laps of the men’s 10,000m in Nairobi, but the host nation’s Heristone Wanyoni pulled ahead of the 17-year-old Indian and won with a personal best of 42 Minutes gold: 10.84s.

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He is the # WorldAthleticsU20 world champion in the 10,000 meter run with a PB of 42: 10.84.

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Chandan said Khatri, from the Rohtak neighborhood of Haryana, has the potential to become a world-class race walker in the next few years and the goal is to qualify for the Paris Olympics in 2024.

“His walking technique is very good and he learns quickly. He may become a top racer in the country in the next few years, but he will need money going forward. So I’m asking the SAI to include him in the TOPS program, ”Chandan told PTI at the Army Sports Institute in Pune, where he works.

“The aim is to prepare him for the 2024 Olympic Games. But he has no sponsor, nobody to support him financially. His father works in the BSF (non-officer rank) and his mother is a housewife. So it is financially difficult for Amit. “

The TOPS initiative of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) started in 2014, where the government funds top athletes (core group) for their training and competitions. It was expanded last year to include junior athletes (development group) who receive Rs 25,000 in pocket money per month.

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“Amit’s family is doing what they can, but I know it’s difficult for them. Whenever he trains in Uttarakhand, I take care of his accommodation and his food, ”said Chandan, who belongs to Uttarakhand.

“But sometimes we have to go to Ooty (for altitude training) and then sometimes to SAI Bengaluru, so he needs financial support. His diet is also important, ”said Chandan, himself a former racer who represented the country at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships.

“When I first met him at NIS Patiala, he was very lean and thin, but I found that he can be groomed to become a top walker. Now he’s physically and fit in better shape. “

He said Khatri would undergo light training for 20km on foot in the coming months, preparing him for next year’s senior national race-walking championships, usually held in February.

“I have to prepare him slowly and step by step for 20 km. There is no 10km event at the Olympic Games. We will start the 20K training in the next few months. I have to do it slowly.

“He can take part in the National Senior Race Walk next year to qualify for the 2024 Olympics.”

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