The sports ministry has approved the appointment of Belarussian coach Nikolai Snesarev as the long and middle distance coach for the Indian athletics team. He has been appointed for the period till the end of September which coincides with the Tokyo Olympics, Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Friday.
The 72-year old has been associated with Indian athletics since his first engagement in 2005. He has trained athletes like Kavita Raut and Preeja Sreedharan. He will be coaching 3000m steeplechaser Avinash Sable who has already qualified for the Olympics. Snesarev will also train other runners aiming to qualify for the Games.
AFI hopes the appointment will improve the performances of runners
Athletics Federation of India (AFI) president Adille Sumariwala hopes the appointment of Nikolai Snesarev will help improve the performances of long and middle-distance runners.
“Avinash Sable wants to train with Nikolai again and we hope this will help him improve further,” Sumariwala was quoted as saying by News18.
“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 steeplechase at the 2016 Olympic Games. He has good results with Sudha Singh as well as Avinash Sable who trained with him initially,” he added.