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SAI appoints 11 Olympians and 3 Paralympians as coaches and assistant coaches

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Indian quartermilers and were among the 11 Olympians and three Para Olympians appointed as coaches and coaches by the Authority of India Friday.

The 24-year-old Anas, who won three silver medals at the Jakarta Asian Games, and Ashwini, who claimed gold at and 2010 Asian Games, along with nine others will join on January 5 next year.

Mariyappan Thangavelu, who won a gold in at Para 2016, has been offered a Group A post as

"This is our way of acknowledging the contribution made by these sportspersons to the country. We want sportspersons who have represented the country in the most competitive, elite events of the world, to be associated with throughout their professional careers and even after they retire," said Neelam Kapur, DG SAI.

"We want to harness their vast experience towards training young, prospective medal winners."

These appointments have been made with an effort to ensure that experienced and elite sportspersons continue to contribute to the progress of sport in the country during their tenure as active sportspersons and even after they retire.

The appointments as regular staff of SAI will secure the sportspersons financially, while allowing them to continue with their regular training and participation in competitions.

Retired sportspersons who have been appointed will take on coaching jobs with immediate effect.

The list of appointees also include OP Jaisha, who represented the country in Marathon at 2016 Rio Olympics, women's player Savita Punia, Paralymians (High Jump) and Ankur Dhama (1500m).

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 20:20 IST