On Wednesday, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza was selected in the TOPS during the 56th meeting of the Mission Olympic Cell . Let us share in detail that Sania was included in the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), four years after she opted out of the programme.
Here it is to be noted that the 34-year-old multiple Grand Slam winner had opted out of the scheme when she was selected last in 2017 because of an injury breakdown which had led to a lay-off. A Sports Authority of India official said “Yes, Sania has been selected in the recent TOPS list,”. Sania has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics based on her protected ranking before she took a break from the game due to pregnancy.
However, let us share that Sania is currently ranked 157th in the world but as per WTA rules when a player takes a lay-off from the game longer than six months on account of injuries or pregnancy, they can apply for a “special ranking” (also sometimes known as a “protected ranking”).