NO STARS TO TRAIN

Mail Today|December 24, 2019

NO STARS TO TRAIN
Arpinder & Sreeshankar prefer personal coaches over AFI-appointed Bedros
Aditya K Halder in New Delhi

THE Athletics Federation of India’s (AFI) decision to bring back Romanian jump coach Bedros Bedrosian seems to have backfired as top jumpers in the country with a stronger claim for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics continue to train at their preferred centres.

Long jumper M Sreeshankar and triple jumper Arpinder Singh are two athletes with a strong shot at Olympic qualification and have already begun their pre-season under respective personal coaches.

While Arpinder — aiming qualifying mark of 17.14m — is training under JSW coach Antony Yaich in Karnataka’s Vijaynagar, Sreeshankar is training with his father Murali in hometown Palakkad with the aim to breach the qualification standard of 8.22m.

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December 24, 2019