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AFI sacks Neeraj Chopra’s German coach Uwe Hohn

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has announced the end of its association with national chief javelin coach Uwe Hohn and said that the federation was “not happy” with his performance.

The AFI meanwhile, also said that it will hire two new foreign coaches soon.

Significantly, the contract of the 59-year-old Hohn, a former world record holder, was only until the end of the Tokyo Olympics.

While speaking during a press conference at the end of a two-day executive council meeting of the federation that was also attended by AFI planning committee chairman Lalit K Bhanot and vice-president Anju Bobby George, AFI president Adille Sumariwalla said: “We are bringing two more coaches and we are changing Uwe Hohn as we are not happy with his performance. We are looking for a foreign coach for Toor (shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor).”

Hohn was appointed as chief coach in November 2017 for one year to train the likes of Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra and two other Tokyo Olympians in Shivpal Singh and Annu Rani.

Just before the Tokyo Olympics, Hohn had sparked a controversey after saying that he had been blackmailed into accepting his contract by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and AFI.

However, Hohn’s claim was rejected by both the bodies.

Further speaking on AFI’s vision to improve the standards at the grassroot level, Sumariwalla said: “To reach the next level, we have to redesign the junior programme, how to do talent identification better to improve it further, we held discussions with athletes and coaches, both former and present athletes from all states.”

“Athletes need more competitions, this is mainly for seniors to prepare for larger competitions. Next year we have a tight calendar — with the World Championships, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. Athletes need competition in preparatory period so that their bodies remain in good nick. So the plan is to introduce build-up competitions at the zonal level so that athletes don’t have to travel far,” he added.

Further elaborating the body’s plan, he said: “We have decided to bring in foreign caches in junior too to strengthen their foundation and basics. Apart from inter-district, we have to identify pockets in every states, how to bring them, what should be the parameters…Also, there will be an open national event for the next five years in Jamshedpur.”

“We need experienced coaches who have produced world champions and Olympic champions, with all the latest knowledge. Our coaches will also work alongside the foreign coaches. In last one year we have already developed 650 coaches and 1500 in pre level across various levels,” he added.

Speaking on the upgradation of the coaching programme, he said: “We will start with grassroot as once foundation is strong, elite will automatically get stronger. This is a World Athletics course and they will award the certificates. Those coaches are for our identified events — 400m, walk, javelin, long jump and triple jump.”

“There will be a different set of coaches for junior and senior athletes. We have recently identified Kerala, Karnataka, Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana. A coaching education programme has started, we need at least 5000 level one coaches if we wish to cover 500 district,” he added.

Tokyo Olympics Live Updates Day 12: India lose to Argentina 1-2 in women’s hockey SF

India’s javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has qualified for the final of Men’s javelin throw after topping the qualifications round with a throw of 86.65m. The current India women’s hockey team would look to reach the women’s event final when it will face Argentina in the semifinals of Tokyo Olympics.

Moreover, boxer Lovlina Borgohain will take on Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli in the semifinals of the 69kg division.


  • Indian women’s side go down fighting against Argentina 2-1 in semifinal, to play Great Britain for bronze
  • India 1-1 against Argentina in women’s Hockey semi-final at half-time


  • Deepak Punia loses to American David Morris Taylor in semifinal of 86kg category, to fight for bronze now
  • Ravi Kumar Dahiya wins semifinal against Nurislam Sanayev in men’s 57kg freestyle, enters final


  • Lovlina Borgohain loses to Turkey’s Busenaz Sürmeneli 0-5 in women’s welterweight (64-69kg) semifinal match, settles with bronze medal


  • Deepak Punia beats China’s Lin Zushen 6-0 in men’s freestyle 86kg wresting 1/4 final and advances to the semi-final.
  • Ravi Kumar beats Bulgaria’s Georgi Vangelov of Bulgaria, advances to the semi-final in men’s Freestyle 57kg by technical superiority (14-4).
  • Anshu Malik loses to Iryna Kurachkina of Belarus 2-8 in Women’s Freestyle 57kg 1/8 Final.


  • Neeraj Chopra clears the automatic qualifying mark of 83.50m in qualifications, advances to final.
  • Shivpal fails to qualify for final with a best attempt of 74.81m.

Full list of Indians in action on Day 12:


5:35 a.m. Men’s Javelin Throw Qualification — Neeraj Chopra

7:05 a.m. Men’s Javelin Throw Qualification — Shivpal Singh


4:00 a.m. Women’s Individual Strokeplay — Aditi Ashok & Diksha Dagar


11:00 a.m. Women’s Welterweight semifinal — Busenaz Summeneli (TUR) v Lovlina Borgohain


8:00 a.m. Men’s Freestyle 57kg 1/8 finals — Oscar Tigreros (COL) v Ravi Kumar

8:00 a.m. onwards Women’s Freestyle 57kg 1/8 Finals — Iryna Kurachkina v Anshu Malik

8:00 a.m. onwards Men’s Freestyle 86kg 1/8 finals — Deepak Punia v Ekerekerne Agiarnar (BLR)

2:45 p.m. onwards Men’s Freestyle 57 kg; Men’s Freestyle 86kg; Women’s Freestyle 57 kg semifinals — If Indians qualify


3:30 p.m. Women’s semifinals — India v Argentina