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Javelin throw coach Uwe Hohn out, AFI says it is hiring two new coaches

The
contract
of
the
59-year-old
German,
a
former
world
record
holder,
was
valid
until
the
end
of
the
Tokyo
Olympics.
“We
are
bringing
two
more
coaches
and
we
are
changing
Uwe
Hohn
as
we
are
not
happy
with
his
performance.
We
are
looking
for
a
foreign
coach
for
Toor
(shot
putter
Tajinderpal
Singh
Toor),”
said
AFI
president
Adille
Sumariwalla.

Sumariwalla
was
speaking
during
a
press
conference
at
the
end
of
a
two-day
executive
council
meeting
of
the
federation
that
was
also
attended
by
AFI
planning
committee
chairman
Lalit
K
Bhanot
and
vice-president
Anju
Bobby
George.

Hohn
was
appointed
as
chief
coach
in
November
2017
for
one
year
to
train
the
likes
of
Olympic
champion
Neeraj
Chopra
and
two
other
Tokyo
Olympians
in
Shivpal
Singh
and
Annu
Rani.
Chopra
was
under
his
tutelage
during
the
Commonwealth
and
Asian
Games
in
2018
before
another
German
Klaus
Bartonietz
took
up
that
role.

Hohn
had
kicked
up
quite
a
storm
before
the
Olympics
by
claiming
that
he
had
been
blackmailed
into
accepting
his
contract
by
the
Sports
Authority
of
India
and
AFI.
Both
the
bodies
had
rejected
the
charge.

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A
host
of
issues
were
discussed
in
detail
during
the
meeting
here,
including
redesigning
the
AFI’s
junior
(grassroot
development)
programme,
introduction
of
build-up
tournaments
for
top
international
events
such
as
the
world
championships
and
the
Olympics
and
radically
refurbishing
its
coaching
programme,
especially
for
the
juniors.

“To
reach
the
next
level,
we
have
to
redesign
the
junior
programme,
how
to
do
talent
identification
better
to
improve
it
further,
we
held
discussions
with
athletes
and
coaches,
both
former
and
present
athletes
from
all
states,”
Sumariwalla
said.

One
of
the
conclusions
of
the
meeting
was
that
the
athletes
need
more
tournaments
in
the
run-up
to
marquee
global
events.
“Athletes
need
more
competitions,
this
is
mainly
for
seniors
to
prepare
for
larger
competitions.
Next
year
we
have
a
tight
calendar

with
the
World
Championships,
Asian
Games
and
Commonwealth
Games.

“Athletes
need
competition
in
preparatory
period
so
that
their
bodies
remain
in
good
nick.
So
the
plan
is
to
introduce
build-up
competitions
at
the
zonal
level
so
that
athletes
don’t
have
to
travel
far.”

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Going
by
what
the
AFI
said,
the
coach
education
programme
is
also
set
to
see
a
complete
overhaul
in
the
coming
times,
with
the
introduction
of
a
certification
course
involving
the
sport’s
global
governing
body,
World
Athletics.

“We
have
decided
to
bring
in
foreign
caches
in
junior
too
to
strengthen
their
foundation
and
basics.
Apart
from
inter-district,
we
have
to
identify
pockets
in
every
states,
how
to
bring
them,
what
should
be
the
parameters…Also,
there
will
be
an
open
national
event
for
the
next
five
years
in
Jamshedpur.

“We
need
experienced
coaches
who
have
produced
world
champions
and
Olympic
champions,
with
all
the
latest
knowledge.
Our
coaches
will
also
work
alongside
the
foreign
coaches.
In
last
one
year
we
have
already
developed
650
coaches
and
1500
in
pre
level
across
various
levels.”

On
the
upgradation
of
the
coaching
programme,
he
added,
“We
will
start
with
grassroot
as
once
foundation
is
strong,
elite
will
automatically
get
stronger.
This
is
a
World
Athletics
course
and
they
will
award
the
certificates.
Those
coaches
are
for
our
identified
events

400m,
walk,
javelin,
long
jump
and
triple
jump.

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“There
will
be
a
different
set
of
coaches
for
junior
and
senior
athletes.
We
have
recently
identified
Kerala,
Karnataka,
Punjab,
Rajasthan
and
Haryana.”

During
the
meeting,
the
AFI
brass
analysed
the
areas
where
it
did
well
and
also
tried
to
identify
the
ons
where
it
didn’t
and
the
reasons
for
it.
“A
coaching
education
programme
has
started,
we
need
at
least
5000
level
one
coaches
if
we
wish
to
cover
500
district.”

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