Shapath Bhardwaj become the country’s youngest athlete to figure in TOPS

Vastavam web:  Budding India shooter Shapath Bhardwaj, aged 15, has become the country’s youngest athlete to figure in the government’s Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme.The Meerut-based Shapath, studying in class 10, is among 45 elite athletes, including Olympic medallists P V Sandhu, Sakshi Malik and Saina Nehwal, to be selected for the ambitious scheme.The Sports Ministry has launched the TOPS with the specific aim of supporting medal prospects for Olympics. The selected athletes will be provided financial assistance for their customised training at institutes having world class facilities and other necessary support.


Shapath attracted the attention of shooting fraternity when he was selected for India’s double trap team at the age of 14 after selection trails in Patiala in November 2016.He then secured the fourth position in qualifying round of the ISSF World Cup in Cyprus in May 2017 and topped the 22 shot shoot-off to enter the final where he finished sixth.He participated in the ninth International Junior Shotgun Cup held in Finland in July and scored 137 out of 150 as India India won the gold medal.He ended up winning the individual as well as team gold in the International Junior Grand Prix in Italy last year.