A batch of 398 coaches and assistant coaches featuring some of the most prominent names belonging to the Indian sports fraternity have been appointed by the Sports Authority of Inda (SAI) for the preparation of the upcoming 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris as well as the subsequent 2028 Games in Los Angeles.
The batch of coaches include Asian Games gold medallist Bajrang Lal Thakar who joins as a rowing coach, Commonwealth Championship gold medallist Shilpi Sheoran as an assistant wrestling coach, international medal winner Pranamika Borah joins as boxing coach, as well as sprinter Jincy Phillip, who competed in the women’s 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics, joins as an athletics coach.
“The recruitment comes in the wake of the effort of the Ministry of Youth Affairs of Sports to provide 360 degree support to athletes as they prepare for important national and international competitions, including Olympic 2024, 2028,” read an official release from the Sports Ministry.
“I am happy that a number of ex-athletes who have competed at the highest international level of competition and won medals have applied for these posts and have been selected,” Sports Minister Anurag Thakur added.
Aside from the former international athletes, those holding a Diploma in Sports Coaching from either NSNIS Patiala or any recognized Indian or foreign University are also inducted, along with former SAI coaches who had their contracts expired.
Thakar, an Arjuna awardee who is appointed to train the Asian Games team, believes the inclusion of ex-international athletes will aid in both the trainees’ physical and mental preparations needed to compete at the international stage.
“Their inclusion in the system will mean that besides training athletes in the sport itself, they will be able to train them for mental toughness which is the key to success when competing at the world stage.”
- 398 coaches and assistant coaches which include prominent ex-international athletes have been appointed by SAI to help in the preparation of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games
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