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Sports Ministry wants foreign coaches to train Indians as part of their duty

Sports Ministry wants foreign coaches to train Indians as part of their duty

Sounak Mullick

Updated: 22 Nov 2021 10:55 AM GMT

The Indian Sports Ministry is certainly trying to make things work correctly as they have realised that the foreign coaches are lacking to perform their duties. On papers, they are expected to train Indian coaches as part of their job, but in reality the foreign coach's work only with the elite group of national campers and probable medal winners during their stint in the country.

A total of 29 foreign coaches are currently hired by the Indian sports ministry spread across various sports. Sports secretary Rahul Bhatnagar informed that the ministry is looking forward to setting clauses which will be more specific and targeted, they would make sure that the local training staffs also get benefitted.

As per the reports of The Hindu, Bhatnagar said,"Now we will be making it even more specific to mention the exact number of sessions they have to conduct with Indian coaches as part of their contract, whether during camps or even in other parts of the country away from the national teams. We will make sure that it is also included now."

A development strategy will be formulated so that Indian sports do not solely depend on foreign coaches; Bhatnagar feels it's time that the country develops its own personnel to cater the needs. As a matter of fact, back in May 2015, a meeting was held to review the coaching framework in SAI and consider suggestions for its development, but following that, there was no updates or progress on that matter.

"Even after so many years we are dependent on foreign coaches in several games, It's high time our own coaches are good enough at least at the grassroots and middle levels. We have stepped up our recruitments through SAI, increased the number of sanctioned posts also. We need coaches at all level and of all calibre, not just the elite ones," added Bhatnagar.

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