Herrmann quits, AFI looks to have two High Performance Directors

AFI president Sumariwalla acknowledges the German’s contribution to Indian athletics.

Volker Herrmann resigned from his post of Athletics Federation of India’s High Performance Director.   -  THE HINDU

The Athletics Federation of India, while acknowledging German Volker Herrmann’s contribution, indicated on Sunday that it was looking at dividing the responsibilities of the erstwhile High Performance Director with separate ones for seniors and juniors going ahead.

“He dedicatedly contributed a lot in our coaches’ education programme. We tried to convince him to stay, however, it’s his personal decision to go back to Germany and we respect his decision. He has expressed his wish to continue as a consultant in future and we will definitely do that as and when required,” AFI president Adille Sumariwalla said.

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“We are now looking forward to appoint two High Performance Directors, one for senior athletes and one for juniors and youth,” he added. Herrmann, who worked with the AFI for 16 months since joining in July 2019, had resigned three weeks ago and announced the same through a Facebook post late on Saturday night.

“Working in high performance sports requires a high level of expectations. Numerous athletes and teams all around the world, supported by their coaches and staff, are competing with the one goal to be the best at a particular date. Only one will succeed.

Fruitful years

“After one and a half fruitful and inspiring years in India, the day has come when I could not any longer meet the self-imposed expectations coming along with the role of AFI’s high performance director, which is why I resigned from my position three weeks ago.” Herrmann wrote.

Herrmann had expressed positivity at his stint in India in July this year and even expressed hope at the road ahead in another post a month back as athletes’ training resumed.