Athletes not camp-bound as AFI softens stance

Vinayak Padmadeo

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 22

Circumstances have compelled the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to melt its laborious stance on protecting the nationwide athletes within the coaching camp. With various overseas coaching workers and a number of other trainees being away for varied causes, the coaching schedules have been toned down a bit.

High Performance director Volker Hermann has lately returned to India after attending to his sick father. The deputy chief coach, P Radhakrishnan Nair, is presently in quarantine in Patiala after attending his son’s wedding ceremony. Quarter-mile coach Galina Bukharina is on a month-long annual depart and is anticipated to return within the first week of October.

The athletes too have been continuously leaving the camp resulting from private causes. Shot-putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor has been permitted to go away to go to his ailing mom in Moga. He left the camp on Sunday and is anticipated to return by Friday.

Also, the 100 metre women — Archana Susheedharan, Kaveri and Nitya Gandhi — have been allowed to look for his or her college examinations. VS Vismaya has left the camp to take care of her duties with the Kerala Government, whereas Subha has left to look for her examinations.

Quarter-miler Hima Das has returned to the camp after attending to her ailing mom in Assam. Discus-thrower Navjeet Kaur returned to Patiala right now after being away.


This fixed churning of workers and athletes has interrupted the coaching schedules and lots of of athletes are mentioned to be within the transition part. The 100 metre groups, anticipated to be again by September 30, will begin coaching on October 1. Toor and different throwers will begin critical coaching solely in November.

“We had to allow them to sit for exams. Others have been allowed to leave for personal reasons which needed attention,” mentioned an AFI supply aware about the developments.

“All are expected to be back by September 30. Right now, the 100m girls are in transition phase and will be starting training from October 1. Toor will take longer to start serious training, maybe by November. Most athletes are on different training programmes,” the supply added.

Throws occasion in Oct?

Meanwhile, AFI is attempting to organise a National Open competitors for throwers within the final week of October in its effort to begin its home aggressive calendar. If profitable, this might be the primary such occasion in monitor & discipline after sports activities got here to a halt because of the Covid-19 pandemic. AFI additionally has plans to carry zonal occasions for junior athletes, tentatively deliberate in November. However, the Indian Grand Prix is more likely to be held in February subsequent yr.

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