‘TOP Scheme shows how sport treated unequally in India’
Twelve-time world champion cueist Pankaj Advani feels the government-run TOP Scheme for India’s Olympic medal hopefuls clearly shows how sport is treated unequally in the country.
Advani, who has brought many laurels to the country with his exploits in snooker and billiards, goes on to say that India can improve in the world of sport only if all disciplines are treated at par.
“Personally, it is tough to understand our country’s obsession with Olympics, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. I know they are big events, I know they come once in four years, but just because of this it doesn’t mean they are the be all of sport.
“So I feel if you are supporting sports and sportspersons, don’t have an event oriented policy,” Advani told PTI when asked about TOP Scheme, which will fund training for select 75 athletes ahead of the Rio Olympics.
Advani further explains his point. “Look at the fact that we have world leaders in every sport on Monday. Our sporting standards have improved. Our new generation is all set to take sport to a new level. That is what we should be looking at, so we should be supporting every sport.