The Indian Athletics Federation (AFI) on Monday announced the end of its association with national head javelin coach Uwe Hohn, saying it was “not satisfied” with her performance and will soon hire two new foreign coaches.
The 59-year-old German’s contract, a former world record holder, was valid until the end of the Tokyo Olympics.
“We are bringing in two more coaches and changing Uwe Hohn because we are not happy with his performance. We are looking for a foreign coach for Toor (shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor),” said AFI President Adille Sumariwalla.
Sumariwalla was speaking at a press conference at the end of a two-day meeting of the federation’s executive board which was also attended by AFI planning committee chairman Lalit K Bhanot and vice chairman Anju Bobby George.
Hohn was appointed head coach in November 2017 for a year to coach Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra and two other Tokyo Olympians at Shivpal Singh and Annu Rani.
Chopra was under his tutelage during the Commonwealth and Asian Games in 2018 before another German, Klaus Bartonietz, took on the role.
Hohn had started a real storm ahead of the Olympics by claiming he was blackmailed into accepting his contract by the Sports Authority of India and AFI. Both bodies dismissed the accusation.
Many issues were discussed in detail during the meeting here, including the overhaul of the AFI junior program (core development), the introduction of preparation tournaments for major international events such as the World Championships and the Olympics and the radical overhaul of its training program, especially for juniors.
“To reach the next level we need to rethink the junior program, how to better identify talent to improve it further, we had discussions with athletes and coaches, former and current athletes from all states,” Sumariwalla said .
One of the conclusions of the meeting was that athletes need more tournaments as big name world events approach.
“The athletes need more competitions, it is mainly for the seniors to prepare for bigger competitions. Next year we have a tight schedule – with the World Championships, the Asian Games and the World Games. Commonwealth.
“Athletes need competitions during the preparatory period to keep their bodies in good condition. The plan is therefore to introduce strengthening competitions at the zone level so that athletes do not have to travel far.”
From what AFI has said, the coach education program is also set to undergo a complete overhaul in the coming times, with the introduction of a certification course involving the world’s sport governing body, World Athletics. .
“We have decided to bring in foreign caches for juniors as well to strengthen their bases and their bases.
“Outside of the inter-district, we need to identify the pockets in each state, how to get them, what should be the parameters… In addition, there will be a national event open for the next five years in Jamshedpur.”
“We need experienced coaches who have produced world champions and Olympic champions, with all the latest knowledge. Our coaches will also work alongside foreign coaches.
“In the last year, we have already developed 650 coaches and 1500 pre-level at different levels.
Regarding the improvement of the training program, he added: “We will start with the grassroots, because once the basics are solid, the elite will automatically become stronger.
“This is a World Athletics course and they will be handing out the certificates. These coaches are for our identified events – 400m, walk, javelin, long jump and triple jump.
“There will be a different set of coaches for junior and senior athletes. We recently identified Kerala, Karnataka, Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana.”
During the meeting, AFI’s senior management analyzed the areas where it did well and also tried to identify the points where it did not succeed and the reasons for this.
“A coach education program has started, we need at least 5,000 level 1 coaches if we are to cover 500 districts.