Indian steeplechase ace Avinash Sable has been in the form of his life. He clocked his personal best of 8:20:20 in Patiala at the Federation Cup which was held last month to better the Olympic cut-off time of 8:22:00. In fact, he had already clinched qualification to the Tokyo Olympic Games by bettering the cutoff during the 2019 Athletics World Championship Final which was held in Doha.
Now, in order to prepare for the Olympic games, Sable is set to travel to the African nation of Uganda for training. He will stay in the country from April 10 to July 20 and the Sports Ministry has approved the same. He earlier became eligible for the same after the Athletics Federation of India approved it and sent a proposal to the Sports Minister.
Avinash Sable gets sanctioned amount of Rs. 28,95,150
Avinash Sable will train in Uganda under famed Dutch coach Addy Ruiter who has made a name for himself for training famed African athletes like Joshua Cheptegei who is the world record holder in both men’s 5000m and 10,000m.
Meanwhile, the sports ministry released a statement approving the proposal of the AFI to allow Sable to travel to Uganda and said, “Sports Ministry approves proposal for a high altitude training camp of 100 Days in Kapchorwa/Teryet, Uganda from 10th April 21 to 20th July 21. Amount sanctioned for training: Rs. 28,95,150.”
It is noteworthy that Sable was allotted a total of Rs. 16,58,656 as a part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) as well after being selected in it in 2018. The 26-year-old is currently in Bangalore and will travel to Uganda very soon.