After 25 years as chief coach, Bahadur Singh bids adieu to Indian athletics

New Delhi, July 7

Indian athletics chief coach Bahadur Singh’s 25 year-long reign on the prime put up has ended with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) denying him a contract extension on the grounds of age restrictions.

The contract of the 74-year-old Asian Games (1978 and 1982) gold medallist shot putter ended on June 30 and the Sports Ministry didn’t prolong it in accordance with its pointers of holding the higher age restrict of coaches at nationwide camps to 70.

Singh, who ended his teaching profession as considered one of India’s longest serving head coaches, took up the put up in February 1995.

Confirming the event, Athletics Federation of India lauded Singh for his immense contribution to the game, first as worldwide medal winner after which as chief coach.

“As we keep targeted on our journey to being counted on the world stage, we’ll all the time keep in mind the immense contribution Bahadur Singh made to Indian athletics, first as a shot putter of reputation within the 70s and early 80s, after which as chief coach since February 1995,” mentioned AFI president Adille Sumariwalla.

“We would have loved to see him helm the squad in the Olympic Games, but the COVID-19 outbreak forced the postponement of Tokyo 2020. We will continue to draw on his experience in planning and in monitoring training and coaching,” he mentioned in a launch.

The launch, nevertheless, mentioned Singh resigned within the wake of the Ministry of Home Affairs’ advisory limiting motion of senior residents.

Under his stewardship, India gained 12 athletics medals, together with two gold, within the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. The greatest got here within the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta the place India gained 20 medals in monitor and subject competitors, together with eight gold and 9 silver.

“The nation’s greatest displaying in Asian Games athletics instilled a perception locally that with a bit extra planning and energy, India may elevate the bar and make a mark on the worldwide stage. And Bahadur ji contributed to this rise,” mentioned AFI Planning and Coaching Committee chairman Lalit Bhanot.

Sources within the AFI mentioned that Singh would possibly nonetheless be related to Indian athletics in an advisory position.

Singh gained back-to-back shot put gold medals in 1978 Bangkok and 1982 Delhi Asian Games so as to add to the silver he bagged in Tehran in 1974. He additionally gained a medal every in 4 Asian Track and Field Meets – 1973 (bronze), 1975 (gold), 1979 (bronze) and 1981 (silver).

Singh additionally competed within the Moscow Olympics in 1980. He was conferred with the Arjuna Award in 1976 and Dronacharya Award in 1998. He was honoured with Padma Shri in 1983. PTI

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