Javelin throw coach Uwe Hohn out

Javelin throw coach Uwe Hohn out

Uwe Hohn had stoked controversey before the Games, claiming he had been blackmailed into accepting his contract by the SAI.

Jaipur, September 13

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) today announced the end of its association with national chief javelin coach Uwe Hohn, saying it is “not happy” with his performance and will hire two new foreign coaches soon.

The contract of the 59-year-old German, a former world record holder, was valid until the end of the Tokyo Olympics.

“We are bringing two more coaches and are changing Uwe Hohn as 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 during a press conference at the end of a two-day executive council meeting of the federation that was also attended by AFI planning committee chairman Lalit K Bhanot and vice-president Anju Bobby George.

Hohn was appointed as chief coach in November 2017 for one year to train the likes of Neeraj Chopra and two other Tokyo Olympians, Shivpal Singh and Annu Rani. Chopra was under his tutelage during the Commonwealth and Asian Games in 2018 before another German, Klaus Bartonietz, took up the coaching role.

Meanwhile, long jumper M Sreeshankar’s coach, his father S Murali, was also sacked. — PTI

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