What’s the story?
Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) put in a request for foreign coaches to accompany Team India to the Asian Games that begin in August but the government is yet to offer the nod for the decision.
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The Asian games commence on the 18th of August for which the national camp starts soon. While our wrestling squad is prepared, there is still no news on the status of their coaches. The coaches are approved by the Sports Authority of India (SAI), that are accountable for the approval of names and payment of salaries.
The heart of the matter
Vinod Tomar, assistant secretary of WFI, told Sportskeeda, “While India have previously taken foreign coaches to such events, there is a huge delay this time. The proposal for the exact same has been sent to the Government of India, which can be yet to be approved. The moment your decision is sanctioned, the WFI will send the state invite to the coaches.”
On being asked about when the issue could be solved, he replied, “A meeting is going to be held today itself for deciding in regards to the predicament of the coaches,” before adding, “Working out camp could be held in Sonipat and Lucknow, at the SAI centres commencing from the 10th of May.”
With the wrestling team heading in to the Jakarta Asian Games training camp without a foreign coach, since it seems currently, India could be on the rear foot before the key events even start. It appears as though the delay would be a huge blow to the squad, who may have been utilizing this time and energy to familiarize themselves with the newest coaches.
Despite winning 11 medals in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games, out of which 5 were gold, wrestling still seems not to be considered a priority with the Government of India. It is to be seen if they can fast-track the appointment so which our players do not skip out on valuable training time.