Bahadur Singh quits from athletics chief coach after 25 years

NEW DELHI, July 7: Athletics Federation of India has placed on record its acknowledgement appreciation for Bahadur Singh who resigned as national chief coach after 25 years of distinguished service.

Under his stewardship, India did admirably in the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi when it won a dozen athletics medals, including two gold. The 1946-born Bahadur Singh’s finest moment as Chief Coach came in Jakarta in 2018 when India won 20 medals in track and field competition, including  eight gold and nine silver.

“As we stay focused on our journey to being counted on the world stage, we will always remember the immense contribution Bahadur Singh made to Indian athletics, first as a shot putter of repute in the 70s and early 80s, and then as Chief Coach since February 1995,” AFI President Adille J Sumariwalla said in a statement.

“We would have loved to see him helm the squad in the Olympic Games, but the COVID-19 outbreak forced the postponement of Tokyo 2020. He resigned in the wake of the Ministry of Home Affairs advisory restricting movement of senior citizens. We will continue to draw on his experience in planning and in monitoring training and coaching,” Sumraiwalla said. (AGENCIES)