In a progressive move that promises to give more power to both veteran sportspersons and young athletes, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has offered the role to 11 Olympians and 3 Para Olympians as coaches and assistant coaches.
These appointments are made with a purpose to ensure that elite and experienced sportspersons continue to contribute to the growth of the sport in the country during their period as an active sportsperson and even after their retirement also.
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The appointments aim to secure sportspersons financially while allowing them to continue with their normal training and participation in various competitions. The retired veterans who have been appointed will have to assume coaching job with immediate effect.
In speaking reference to these appointments, Ms Neelam Kapur, DG SAI, shared, “This is our way of acknowledging the contribution made by these sportspersons to the country. We want sportspersons who have represented the country in the most competitive, elite events of the world, to be associated with sports throughout their professional careers and even after they retire. We want to harness their vast experience towards training young, prospective medal winners.”
Mariyappen T, Athletics, who secured gold for India in the High Jump in Paralympics 2016 event, has been offered a Group A post as coach.
Other 11 Olympians and 2 Para Olympians have been offered Group B post as an Assistant Coaches. These appointed coaches will assume the role as a coach from January 5, 2019.
The names of Group B appointed Coaches and Assistant coaches are as follows:
Ashwini Akkunji Chidananda(Athletics Rio 2016- 4X400m relay)
Jincy Philip Athletics (Sydney 2000- 4X400m relay)
Surendra Singh (Athletics Beijing 2008 – 10000m)
Inderpal Singh (Water Sports Sydney 2000 – Rowing)
Majhi Sawaiyan (Archery Athens 2004 – Archery)
Jaisha.O.P (Athletics Rio 2016 – Marathon)
Savita Punia (Hockey Rio 2016 – Hockey)
Debashri Mazumdar (Athletics Rio 2016 – 400 and 4X400 m relay)
Muhammed Anas Y (Athletics Rio 2016 – 400 and 4X400 m relay)
Gopi T (Athletics Rio 2016- Marathon)
Ram Singh Yadav (Athletics London 2012- Marathon
Sharad Kumar (Athletics Rio 2016- High Jump)
Ankur Dhama (Athletics Rio 2016- 1500 m).
Indian women’s hockey team goal-keeper Savita Punia, Asian Games winning quarter miler Ashwini Akkunji and London Paralympics gold medalist Mariyappan Thangavelu are among 14 sportspersons appointed by the SAI as coaches and assistant coaches.
Hope this progressive move contributes to the growth and development of Indian sports more and more in coming times.
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