AFI to hire for­eign coaches for Ar­pin­der and Ta­jin­der

Sportstar - - INDIAN PLAYGROUND - STAN RAYAN

After the im­pres­sive show­ing at the re­cent Asian Games in Jakarta, the Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion of In­dia is likely to ap­point ex­clu­sive for­eign coaches for some of its big stars soon.

“We will be hir­ing for­eign coaches ex­clu­sively for triple jumper Ar­pin­der Singh and shot put­ter Ta­jin­der Pal Singh,” the AFI Sec­re­tary C. K. Val­son said, after the fed­er­a­tion’s Plan­ning Com­mit­tee meet­ing in Pa­tiala.

Both Ar­pin­der and Ta­jin­der had won gold at the Asian Games.

Val­son also said that the Na­tional camp for jumps, un­der Ro­ma­nian Be­dros Be­drosian, will be shifted from Thiruvananthapuram to Palakkad. This, the AFI feels, will help out the new long jump na­tional record holder M. Sree­shankar.

V. Neena, the Asiad women’s long jump sil­ver medal­list, will also be mov­ing to Palakkad with her hus­band Pinto Mathew.

The AFI also plans a tighter anti­dop­ing and no­nee­dle pol­icy un­der which ath­letes’ and coaches’ rooms and bags may be searched.

“There will be a com­mit­tee to han­dle this. Even coaches can now search ath­letes’ bags,” said Val­son.

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