08/10/2015 4:32 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Target Olympic Podium Scheme Has Helped Athletes Prepare For The Rio Games, Says Saina Nehwal

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JAKARTA, INDONESIA - AUGUST 15: Saina Nehwal of India competes against Lindaweni Fanetri of Indonesia in the semi final match of the 2015 Total BWF World Championship at Istora Senayan on August 15, 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- One of India's top medal prospect at next year's Olympics, World No. 1 shuttler Saina Nehwal today said the Sports Ministry's Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme has been of immense help in her preparation for the Rio Games.

"My sincere appreciation @YASMinistry @Media_SAI @BAIMedia1 for the support over the years. Would not have been here without the support," Saina wrote on her twitter page.

"Thank you @YASMinistry @Media_SAI @BAIMedia1 for training support under TOP Scheme. #Let'sMakeIndiaProud #Road2Rio."

The 25-year-old, who won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, hoped the TOP scheme will help other athletes as well.

"The @YASMinistry and @Media_SAI TOP Scheme has been a big support on my #Road2Rio. Hope many athletes will continue to benefit," Saina tweeted.

The World Championship silver medallist will lead India's charge in badminton when the Olympic Games gets underway at Rio de Janeiro next year.

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