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Steeplechase national record holder Avinash Sable prefers Indian over foreign coach

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

National record holder in 300m steeplechase, Avinash Sable, is against hiring a foreign as he feels the Indians understand better the physical fitness and shortcomings of their athletes.

"Indian can understand the Indian body. He knows better what are the needs and shortcomings of Indian athletes. However, other coaches also are good," he told in the presence of his Amrish Kumar, who is an officer.

Sable is running in the 12th edition of TCS World 10K here Sunday.

Backing Sable's view, Amrish said he always felt foreign coaches do not understand the physical attributes of Indian athletes.

"That's what happened. Sable could not participate in the because of the he suffered while training under former foreign national coach in Bengaluru," he said.

When Sable's performance dipped following an and Nicolai's departure in September last year, he came to him, Amrish said.

"He returned to us in October and we worked on his For first three months we did not let him run fast and slowly increased the pace because he had little strength and moderate endurance. But, he had good speed," he said.

Sable pointed out that he set a new national record of 8:28.94 under an Indian coach, which helped him qualify for the Asian and World Championships.

Sable is training in Bengaluru to qualify for the Tokyo and soon would be shifting base to Ooty.

Asked about his chances of qualifying for the Olympics, Amrish said Sable would definitely do well in the

"Sable may not appear to be physically that strong, but he is mentally very strong. He is definitely going to qualify for in heat," he added.

Replying to a query, Sable said the life instills discipline, which is very important in an athlete's life.

"life is beneficial for an like me. Because of he discipline life army men follow. The army also teaches us not to complain of anything, whether it is about the bad track or running in tough weather conditions," he said.

"This discipline I inculcated during my posting at where the temperature sometimes falls below 50 degree Celsius. I also rendered my duties in extreme hot conditions of Doing duty under different weather conditions has only made by endurance strong," he said.

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First Published: Sat, May 18 2019. 20:10 IST