The Sports Authority of India (SAI) announced on Friday that it had approved Belarus’ Nikolai Snesarev as the middle and long-distance coach for Indian athletics team. He has been out of the post for less than two years.
The 72-year-old has been appointed until the end of September, which includes the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for July to August.
Nikolai will provide training to the 3000m steeplechaser Avinash Sable, who has already secured a quota for Tokyo Olympics, including other medium and long-distance runners in their bid to get quota for the Tokyo Olympics.
Nikolai had quit from the Indian athletics as long, and middle distance coach after Avinash Sable chose to leave him and train under Army coach Amlish Kumar in February 2019.
The President of the Indian Athletics Federation, Adille Sumariwalla, expressed his appreciation for Nikolai's appointment and hoped that it would improve Indian middle and long-distance runners' performance.
Adille Sumariwalla said in a release issued by the SAI; “Avinash Sable wants to train with Nikolai again and we hope this will help him improve further. Nikolai has had a good record with India and years of experience with our middle and long-distance runners. He has helped athletes like Lalita Babar who finished in top 10 in the steeplechase at 2016 Olympics. He has good results with Sudha Singh as well as Avinash Sable who trained with him initially”.
Since his first engagement in 2005, Nikolai has been associated with Indian athletics and has coached many other international medalists such as Preeja Sreedharan and Kavita Raut.
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