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Foreign coaches in India set to get contract extension


NEW DELHI: Foreign coaches in India don't need to have to worry about their fast long term in the wake of the Tokyo Olympics postponement.

Most National Sports Federations (NSFs) have expressed their wish to retain the services and products of their international coaches till August next yr, when the Tokyo Games might be held.

Sports Authority of India (SAI), in flip, have assured the NSFs that their sentiments might be respected and the contracts of international toughen staffs might be renewed on the earliest to allay any apprehension among them.

At provide, SAI, being the employer, has on its roster 38 high-performance administrators (HPDs)/leader/elite international coaches, along with other international coaches and toughen team of workers in basketball, table tennis, soccer, judo and swimming.

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The NSFs knowledgeable about their unanimous stand for contract extension for his or her international HPDs and coaches in a gathering with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) officials on Wednesday, which was also attended via a senior SAI office-bearer. After considering the NSFs' call for, the SAI, in concept, agreed.


There was a large question mark over the continuance of the international HPDs and coaches after the Olympics was postponed for next yr due to the pandemic, because the contracts of a majority of them goes to finish on August 31, 2020.


Contracts of Athletics Federation of India's (AFI) eight peak international coaches and an HPD is expiring on August 31. The record includes Jurii Minakov (throws), Galina Bukharina (400m), Uwe Hohn (javelin throw), Klaus Bartonietz (javelin throw), Valeri Stachuk (400m), Alexander (stroll), Bedros Bedrosian (horizontal jumps) Anatoly (heptathlon) and Volker Hermann (HPD). After the AFI knowledgeable the SAI that the federation needs to retain their services and products till Tokyo 2021, it was assured of contract extension.


Similarly, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has knowledgeable the SAI that it's recommending some other yr's extension for pistol coach Pavel Smirnov, rifle coach Oleg Mikahilov and skeet coach Ennio Falco.


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