In a landmark decision, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has promoted 12 chief coaches to the position of High-Performance coaches, across its centres in the country.
This is a part of a cadre restructuring and the pay will be in the scale given to the Director, Government of India, a statement from SAI read.
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Notable coaches and former athletes took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the step taken.
“In a historical move, 12 SAI coaches have been promoted as High-Performance coaches, which is equal to the level Director (GOI) because of restructuring done in SAI. Thank you for this amazing step," tweeted former Olympian boxer Akhil Kumar.
Nataraju Madaiah, a volleyball coach based out of SAI National Centre of Excellence Dharamsala, mentioned, “I would like to thank the DG SAI for taking this tremendous step. It is a huge motivation for the coaches and it feels great to see so many coaches getting recognition. The development in sports in recent years, starting from the Tokyo Olympics, has been manifold." Babul Basumatary, senior athletics coach at SAI NCOE Guwahati, shared similar sentiments.
“I thank SAI for giving me this platform. I’ve been coaching since 1992 and whatever SAI is doing to develop the coaching ecosystem and motivate the existing coaches is outstanding."
List of coaches promoted as High-Performance coaches:
Harjinder Singh (Basketball) – SAI training centre Jammu
Babul Basumatary (Athletics) – NCOE Guwahati
Kishore Kumar (Judo) – NSNIS Patiala
Vinod Narayan (Badminton) – SAI Bangalore
Gangaraju TB (Hockey) – STC Kokrajhar
Tankeswari Basumatary (Athletics) - Guwahati
Satpal Singh (Athletics) – STC Kurukshetra
Nataraju Madaiah (Volleyball) – NCOE Dharamsala
PK Brahma (Football) – STC Kokrajhar
Rajinder Kumar (Football) – Chandigarh
Jaswant Singh (Boxing) – Mizoram
Kuldeep Kumar (Boxing) – STC Bhiwani
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