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AFI Sacks Lengthy Jumper M Sreeshankar’s Coach After Tokyo Olympics Debacle

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AFI sacked M Sreeshankar’s coach after his disappointing efficiency at Tokyo Olympics.© AFP

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Monday mentioned it has sacked lengthy jumper M Sreeshankar’s coach, his father S Murali, owing to the teen’s disappointing Tokyo Olympics efficiency. On the finish of its two-day government council assembly, the AFI additionally mentioned a match just like a nationwide championship or a closing trial shall be held earlier than the Olympics and the World Championships to pick out the groups for these occasions. After breaching the qualification mark with a nationwide report soar of 8.26m within the Federation Cup in March, the 22-year-old Sreeshankar fared poorly on the health trials simply earlier than Tokyo Olympics, forcing a furious AFI to ponder withdrawing him from the Video games.

Nonetheless, the AFI cleared Sreeshankar for the Video games after his coach submitted a written assurance that his athlete would produce not less than the qualification efficiency in Tokyo.

However that was to not be as he recorded his poorest soar on the Video games.

“We aren’t joyful along with his teaching programme, first motion is already being taken as we’ve modified his coach,” AFI president Adille Sumariwalla mentioned.

It’s understood that the AFI’s choice to introduce a “closing” match earlier than marquee world occasions such because the Olympics and World Championships is a fallout of the episode involving Sreeshankar and the nationwide federation.

“The qualification interval for the Olympics and world championships is a really lengthy one. So there’ll now be a closing trial, it should truly be a championship and that shall be a closing one for choosing the groups,” mentioned AFI’s planning committee chairman Lalit Okay Bhanot.


That is being completed to make sure athletes retain peak type earlier than main occasions. The veteran administrator additionally mentioned India will ship a full-strength squad to subsequent yr’s Asian Video games however that is probably not the case for the World Championships and the Commonwealth Video games.

“Those that qualify shall be despatched to the world championship however we are going to ship a full-strength group to Asian Video games. So far as CWG is anxious, it should rely upon the occasions we’re anticipated to do effectively and the place we do not stand an opportunity,” he mentioned.

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