Kadam, the World No. 3 and current national champion in the SL4 Category, didn’t find a place in the TOPS Core List which was released on Friday by the Sports Authority of India.
“I am so disappointed and discouraged with @Media_SAI currently world number 3 and national champion but it’s not sufficient to be in #TOPScheme. Requesting Hon’ble @ianuragthakur sir to urgently look into this unfair selection,” he tweeted.
I am so disappointed and discouraged with @Media_SAI currently world number 3 and national champion but it’s not su… https://t.co/aZCHVsKtEL
— Sukant Kadam (@sukant9993) 1651899617000
Kadam had won the gold medal at the 4th Para National Tournament in Odisha and followed it up with a gold and silver at the Spanish Para badminton International II.
He also won a bronze at the Spanish Para Badminton International and bagged silver at the Brazil Para Badminton International 2022.
Kadam is currently training in Peru and will participate in Bahrain Para-Badminton International (May 16-21), 4th Fazza Dubai Para-Badminton International (May 23 to 29) and Canada Para-Badminton International (June 6-12).
SAI’s Mission Olympic Cell had included six para athletes to the core team of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).
The list included four para shuttlers Manasi Joshi (Badminton – SL3), Nithya Sre (Badminton – SH6), Mandeep Kaur (Badminton – SL3) and Manisha Ramdass (Badminton – SU5).