Sania Mirza, who has qualified for the Olympics, will get special facility

Sania Mirza, who has qualified for the Olympics, will get special facility

New Delhi: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza was included in the government's 'Target Olympic Podium' scheme (TOPS) after four years on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Sania, who has won several Grand Slam trophies, decided to withdraw from the Topps scheme in 2017, four years ago due to injury. He was included in the TOPS during the 56th meeting of the Mission Olympic Unit here. He had to stay out of the game for a long time due to injury.

Sports Authority of India (SAI) said- Yes, Sania has been included in the Topps list recently. Sania took a break from the game due to the birth of the child. He has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics based on his Protected ranking. He is currently ranked 157 in the world rankings but the WTA. As per the rules, when a player takes more than six months off for injury or childbirth, they can request for a 'special ranking' (also known as a 'protected' ranking). .

A player's special rankings are the world rankings after he participated in his last tournament and in Sania's case it was the China Open played in October 2017. She was then ranked ninth in the world rankings at that time. So Sania has a special ranking of nine at the moment and she has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.

The WTA due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. Had started special rankings for all the players. Sania did not play tennis for 2 years due to the birth of the child and she started the Hobart International WTA at the start of the season last year. Returned to the court from the tournament. She teamed up with Nadia Kithenok of Ukraine to win the women's doubles title.


FC Goa ready for AFC Champions League group stage debut

FC Goa ready for AFC Champions League group stage debut

Madgaon: AFC Champions League football tournament will be held for the first time since Wednesday in India and FC Goa will be the only team from the country to participate in the group stage of the continent's top club football competition. The FC Goa team will clash with Al-Rayan SC of Qatar at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Wednesday and head coach Juan Ferrando is hopeful that the team will be able to take advantage of playing at home.

In this continent's most prestigious club competition, Indian Super League 2019-20 champion FC Goa has been placed in Group E along with Persepolis of Iran, Al-Rayan and Al-Wahda of UAE. The path of the Indian team will not be easy against the team of Al-Rayan, playing under the guidance of former Paris Saint Germain manager Laurent Blanc. Al-Rayan has such legendary players as former FC Porto star Yasin Brahimi and Ivory Coast's Yohan Boli.

It will not be easy for FC Goa to overcome the challenge of strong teams of Persepolis and Al Wahda. Before his league debut, Ferrando described his players' chance to play once in their lifetime against some of Asia's biggest players. FC Goa qualified in the group stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League by winning the ISL Winners League Shield in the 2019-20 season. This is the first time an Indian team is playing in this phase of the competition.