Over the past weekend, Khelo India - India's national programme for the development of sports - announced an encouraging new Talent Development Programme, a scholarship that will be awarded to athletes to take care of their expenses including training, development, boarding and lodging, and tournament exposure. Khelo India chose 734 athletes from 18 sporting disciplines for an annual stipend of Rs. 1.2 Lakh each.
See the full list of chosen athletes here.
Basketball players chosen for Khelo India's Talent Development Programme:
- Boys: Pratyanshu Tomar, Prasant Tomar, Arun, Arvinder Singh, Tamaliya Kuldeep Singh, Amarender Nayak, Bhagyansh Gulati, Prasun Mishra, M. Arvind Kumar, TS Santosh, Zonunsanga, Harshpal Singh, Vikrant, Rajveer Singh Bhati, Mohd. Sahil, Jai Prakash, Nitish Beniwal, Deepak Choudhary, Mahendra Pratap Singh, Aaryan Singh Lather, Rajan, Ankit.
- Girls: Ritika, Meenu, Liza Deb, Ria Dubey, Tavleen Kaur Bhandal, Priyanka Behal, Pragati Ray, Vanshita Singh, Neha Shahu, Sanjana Ramesh, Riya Baliyan, Alankrita Singh, Saachia Nathan, Vrinda, Harsimran Kaur, Yshneet Kaur, Krithika S., Khushi Ahlawat.
A talent identification committee was formed comprising Arjuna Awardees and Dronacharya Awardees to shortlist and propose the names of the beneficiaries after this year's Khelo India School Games to the High Powered Committee, which cleared the names of the junior athletes selected.