Significant update comes in for India’s foreign coaches for Tokyo Olympics

Significant update comes in for India’s foreign coaches for Tokyo Olympics

XtraTime Web Desk: A significant update comes in for Indian Olympics preparation, as the foreign coaches, whose tenures were supposed to wind up after the Olympics this year but with the mega-event getting postponed, the foreign coaches, who are training Indian athletes for Tokyo are set for extended tenures as they seek to complete their “unfinished mission”.

Whether it’s women’s wrestling coach Andrew Cook, shooting’s celebrated pistol coach Pavel Smirnov, boxing’s duo of Santiago Nieva and Rafaelle Bergamasco or athletics’ high performance director Volker Herrmann, their contracts were to end after the Games.

But the Games will have to wait for a year thanks to the raging COVID-19 pandemic. This translates into contract extension for India’s coaching imports in the “interest of continuity” and the process will be initiated once the national lockdown to combat the pandemic comes to an end.

“It’s the Sports Authority of India (SAI) which pays their salaries. We have to speak with them…They also know that these are extraordinary circumstances, so I don’t see any problem in getting extension in contracts for them,” Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Secretary VN Prasood told

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