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Indian athletics to get High Performance Director three years after first one resigns

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Indian will have a to plan and strategise for next year's with the government clearing German Herrmann's name for the high-profile job, the national federation boss said on Thursday.

Herrmann will be the second person to take up this job after a short stint by American Derek Boosey, a 1968 Mexico City Olympian, who was appointed in October 2015 ahead of the Rio but resigned after seven months in charge.

Federation of (AFI) Sumariwala said the 38-year-old Herrmann was highly recommended by the Federation and he will take charge soon.

"The government has cleared the appointment of and Herrmann will join soon. He is a highly qualified person and his tenure is for the Olympic cycle," Sumariwalla said here.

"His job is more to do with planning, strategising, looking after the technical aspect, studying the data, analysing the performance of the athletes and dealing with science, etc. He will not deal much with day to day operational aspects which will be done by the coach," the AFI said.

Sumariwalla said that the will also look after the coaches, will pick the best training places for athletes and the best meets for them to take part in.

"He became an at the age of 17 and he is an authority in athletes' fitness and a top-class coach," he said.

A Level A license (top athletics license in Germany) holder, Herrmann is a Consultant and his last job was that of of from April 2017 to December 2018.

He was head coach/High Performance at the in Cologne, from 2010 to 2013, besides also being the at the University in from 2011 to 2013.

Herrmann, who also holds a Sports Science diploma (from DSHS Cologne) as well as Manager's degree, was head of Bavarian team in

He has served as at from 2012 to 2017. He is still serving as a at of Athletics Federations in Monaco.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 19:41 IST