AFI chief questions coaches' credentials

Claiming that Indian coaches are of school and college level, Athletics Federation of India (AFI) president Adille J Sumariwalla said there was little chance of Indian athletes winning medals at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

“Indian coaches are of school and college level. They are not of the level to produce international level sportsmen. Even their thoughts do not meet the expectations. If we want medals in Asian or Commonwealth Games, it would not be possible without the foreign coaches,” Sumariwalla told reporters at a press conference organised on occasion of 54th National inter-state (seniors) Athletics Championship here on Thursday.

Alleging that the previous UPA government ignored athletics, Sumariwalla said that in the Commonwealth Games, to be held in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3, the chances of Indians winning medals were less than that in 2010 and new Belarusian coach Nikolai Snesarev has arrived just two-three months back.

“He did not have time to change future of Indian athletes in one month,” he added.Sumariwalla said that after 2010 CWG, a road map was given to the previous UPA government for the next edition, but it paid little heed.

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