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Olympics 2021: India set to retain foreign coaches whose contracts would have ended after Tokyo 2020

Their stints were supposed to wind up after the Olympics this year but with the mega-event postponed till 2021, several foreign coaches training Indian athletes for Tokyo are set for extended tenures as they seek to complete their unfinished mission . Whether it s women s wrestling coach Andrew Cook, shooting s celebrated pistol coach Pavel Smirnov, boxing s duo of Santiago Nieva and Rafaelle Bergamasco or athletics high performance director Volker Herrmann, their contracts were to end after the Games. But the Games will have to wait for a year thanks to the raging COVID-19 pandemic. This translates into contract extension for India s coaching imports in the interest of continuity and the process will be initiated once the national lockdown to combat the pandemic comes to an end. It s the Sports Authority of India (SAI) which pays their salaries. We have to speak with them...They also know that these are extraordinary circumstances, so I don t see any problem in getting extension


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