RFI eager to appoint Antonio as a Consultant Coach

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As the foreign coach Nicolae Gioga of Romania left the Rowing Federation of India (RFI), RFI wants to appoint Antonio Maurogiovanni, an Olympic rower from Italy as a consultant coach.

“We want to have Antonio as a consultant coach. Once SAI says okay, we will go ahead with the process. In fact, we have written to SAI that we want him as a consultant coach,” Balaji Maradappa, Associate Vice-President of RFI told Sportstar on Friday.

Antonio has competed in two Olympics at the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 1992 Summer Olympics.

“We have already spoken to him (Antonio) and he has expressed his willingness to come to India. He is the number one in our list,” informed Balaji.

Last month the news came that 22 rowers tested positive for coronavirus after which RFI was shocked.

“We have set up a three-member enquiry committee involving Rajiv Jayaraj (independent analytical expert), Rajiv Sharma (Advocate & Secretary of Chandigarh Rowing Association and Chiranjit Phukan, Advocate & RFI Joint Secretary to investigate the matter,” he said.

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