SAI sacks Greco-Roman foreign coach Temo Kazarashvili after no Indian grappler qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

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India had hired Kazarashvili in February 2019 to train the country’s Greco Roman wrestlers at the national camp in Sonepat till the Olympics. While four men’s freestyle wrestler and as many women made the cut for the Games but the country could not get even a single quota in Greco Roman style.

“Sports Authority of India (SAI) has relieved foreign wrestling coach Temo Kazarashvili of his contract after no Indian Greco-Roman grappler secured Olympic Games qualification,” SAI said in a statement.

“The decision was taken following a recommendation from the Wrestling Federation of India. His contract with SAI was from February 2019 till the Olympics,” it added.

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Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Assistant secretary Vinod Tomar defended the decision.

“We had hired him specifically for Olympics but there is no result. His contract was till August this year but since there is no national camp what he would have done now when all the focus is on Tokyo Games, so we told SAI that his services are not required,” Tomar told PTI.

Tomar said they will look for new foreign coaches after the Olympics. WFI had also sacked Iran’s Hossein Karimi (freestyle) and American Andrew Cook (women) mid-way into their terms, saying it had become difficult to deal with their tantrums.

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