Rio Olympics: SAI 'unhappy' with foreign coaches

Written by: Sujata Sarkar
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Bengaluru, Sep 10: Sports Authority of India (SAI) which represents the Union sports ministry is "extremely unhappy" with the foreign coaches deployed in different disciplines for the enhancement of performance of the athletes in the respective disciplines.

And according to a recent report, submitted to the Union sports ministry by the SAI top brass, has reportedly mentioned the name of long distance coach Nikolai Snesarev and hinted that the performance of Snesarev was not satisfactory and along with him, the other five foreign coaches also had a poor show in the Rio Olympics. (Snesarev detained)

Rio Olympics: SAI 'unhappy' with foreign coaches

Although no official statement has been made by the SAI top brass, an senior official in the Union sports ministry informed on condition of anonymity, "All the foreign coaches who were deployed in five disciplines, starting from long distance to women’s 4x400 relay (Yuri Ogorodoik) including hockey (Rolant Oltmans) and Dimitri Vinaykin (sprint) have been mentioned in the SAI report and it has also been said that the SAI is extremely unhappy with the performance of these coaches."

Rakesh Gupta was Chef de Mission at the Rio Olympics. But he tried to avoid the issue when asked over phone, saying, "I have not yet submitted report from my part as I have not yet received reports from the managers of respective disciplines."

But at the same time Mehta also expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of foreign coaches.

The SAI top brass is also reportedly unhappy with Snesarev due to the controversy over O P Jaisa’s allegation against the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for not being active in providing the water during her marathon in Olympics. Jaisa alleged that she was almost senseless after the race due to tremendous heat and humidity in Rio.

And AFI has already informed IOA that it had repeatedly asked Snesarev a day before Jaisa’s marathon whether she would require health drinks and water in between the race.

AFI joint-secretary CK Valson has said, "Snesarev has to come out and reply to the questions that why he refused the drinks and water for Jaisa offered by the organisers. Only due to Snesarev’s refusal the controversy has come up. We are simply innocent."

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