AFI has dismissed M Sreeshankar’s coach after a disappointing performance at the Tokyo Olympics.© AFP
The Indian Athletics Federation (AFI) said Monday that it had dismissed his father, S Murari, the coach of the long jump M. Sreeshankar, for the disappointing performance of the youth at the Tokyo Olympics. AFI also said at the end of the two-day executive council meeting that tournaments similar to national or final trials would be held before the Olympics and World Championships to select teams for these events. After defeating the national record 8.26m jump at the Federation Cup in March, 22-year-old M. Sreeshankar failed in a fitness trial just before the Tokyo Olympics and thought about letting a healthy AFI withdraw him from the Olympics. I was allowed to.
However, AFI cleared the Sreeshankar tournament after the coach provided a written guarantee that his athlete would perform at least in qualifying in Tokyo.
But that wasn’t the case as he recorded his poorest jump in the tournament.
“We are not happy with his coaching program. The first action has already been taken because we changed his coach,” said AFI President Adil Sumariwara.
AFI’s decision to introduce a “final” tournament before marquee global events such as the Olympics and World Championships is understood to be the result of an episode involving Threeshankar and the All-Union.
“The qualifying period for the Olympics and World Championships is very long, so now we have a final trial, which is actually a championship and it will be the final one for choosing a team,” AFI plans. Commission Chairman Lalit said K Banott.
This is done to ensure that athletes maintain their peak form before major events. Veteran managers also said India will send its best team to next year’s Asian Games, which may not be the case for world and federal competitions.
“Qualified people will be sent to the World Championships, but we will send our best team to the Asian Games. As far as the CWG is concerned, it is an event we expect to be successful and we are not standing. It depends on the location. It’s an opportunity. “
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