Olympics-bound race walker K. T. Irfan, javelin thrower Shivpal Singh and sprinter Dutee Chand have been included in the core group of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), the sports ministry said on Sunday.

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who has also qualified for the Olympics, and sprinter Hima Das were retained in the TOPS core group after a performance review.

Seven track-and-field athletes were also included in the TOPS developmental group after a meeting of the Mission Olympics Cell on November 26.

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“The decision to include athletes in the TOPS core group was based on their performance progression and their qualification or high probability of qualification for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled next year,” the ministry said in a communique.

Besides Shivpal Singh, Irfan and Chand, those included in the TOPS core group…

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