AFI Sacks Long Jumper M Sreeshankar's Coach After Tokyo Olympics Debacle

AFI Sacks Long Jumper M Sreeshankars Coach After Tokyo Olympics Debacle

AFI sacked M Sreeshankar’s trainer after his disappointing efficiency at Tokyo Olympics.© AFP

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Monday mentioned it has sacked lengthy jumper M Sreeshankar’s trainer, his father S Murali, owing to the teen’s disappointing Tokyo Olympics efficiency. On the finish of its two-day govt council assembly, the AFI additionally mentioned a event very similar to a countrywide championship or a last trial can be held earlier than the Olympics and the Global Championships to make a choice the groups for those occasions. After breaching the qualification mark with a countrywide file bounce of eight.26m within the Federation Cup in March, the 22-year-old Sreeshankar fared poorly on the health trials simply earlier than Tokyo Olympics, forcing a furious AFI to think about taking flight him from the Video games.

On the other hand, the AFI cleared Sreeshankar for the Video games after his trainer submitted a written assurance that his athlete would produce no less than the qualification efficiency in Tokyo.

However that was once to not be as he recorded his poorest bounce on the Video games.

“We aren’t satisfied together with his training programme, first motion is already being taken as we’ve got modified his trainer,” AFI president Adille Sumariwalla mentioned.

It’s understood that the AFI’s choice to introduce a “ultimate” event earlier than marquee world occasions such because the Olympics and Global Championships is a fallout of the episode involving Sreeshankar and the nationwide federation.

“The qualification length for the Olympics and international championships is an overly lengthy one. So there’ll now be a last trial, it is going to in truth be a championship and that can be a last one for deciding on the groups,” mentioned AFI’s making plans committee chairman Lalit Ok Bhanot.


That is being finished to verify athletes retain height shape earlier than main occasions. The veteran administrator additionally mentioned India will ship a full-strength squad to subsequent 12 months’s Asian Video games however that might not be the case for the Global Championships and the Commonwealth Video games.

“Those that qualify can be despatched to the sector championship however we will be able to ship a full-strength staff to Asian Video games. So far as CWG is anxious, it is going to rely at the occasions we’re anticipated to do neatly and the place we do not stand an opportunity,” he mentioned.

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