Absence of top foreign coaches a concern for Olympic athletes | More sports News

NEW DELHI: The nation is resuming sports actions within the coming weeks however foreign coaches related to Olympic disciplines shall be conspicuous by their absence.
Most of these coaches have returned to their international locations of origin and are both unable to journey again – as a result of of the ban on worldwide flights – or unwilling to take action within the close to future as a result of of the rising quantity of coronavirus instances right here. Others who’re above 65 have been instructed by their respective National Sports Federations (NSFs) to not present up at coaching venues as per the federal government tips.
In athletics, three out of seven foreign consultants are both 65 years or above. These embrace quartermiler coach Galina Bukharina (75), jumps coach Bedros Bedrosian (66) and shot put/discus throw skilled Yuri Minakov (65). Athletes beneath these coaches are compelled to coach with Indian assist employees. Javelin throwers, Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh, have been coaching beneath biomechanics skilled Dr Klaus Bartonietz, who has flown again to Germany for one full month.
In boxing, ladies’s chief foreign coach Raffaele Bergamasco returned to Italy to be together with his cancer-stricken spouse. High-performance director Santiago Nieva too desires to go to his household in Sweden for a few weeks and has approached the boxing federation with a request for go away.
In taking pictures, pistol coach Pavel Smirnov is above 65 years of age. Italian skeet coach Ennio Falco solely travels to India for camps and tournaments however with worldwide flights suspended and instances on the rise, he too is not keen to hitch the squad.
In soccer, head coach of the ladies’s under-17 workforce, Sweden’s Thomas Dennerby and his compatriot, health coach Per Karlsson, had flown again residence in March. In wrestling, omen’s freestyle coach, American Andrew Cook, was lately sacked by the federation on disciplinary grounds.
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