The Indian Sports Authority (SAI) announced on Friday that it has fired Georgian wrestling coach Temo Kazarashvili for failure, as none of the Greco-Roman wrestlers can qualify for the Tokyo Games.
India hired Kazarashvili in February 2019 to train Greek Roman wrestlers at the Sonepat National Camp until the Olympics.
While four men were freestyle wrestlers and as many women made the cut for the games, the country could not get even a single quota in Greco-Roman style.
“India’s Sports Authority (SAI) has fired foreign wrestling coach Temo Kazarashvili from his contract after no Indian Greco-Roman grappler qualified for the Olympics,” a SAI statement said.
“The decision was made on the recommendation of the Wrestling Federation of India. His contract with the State Automobile Inspectorate is from February 2019 until the Olympic Games,” it added.
Assistant Secretary of the WFI Federation Vinod Tomar defended the decision.
“We hired him specifically for the Olympics, but to no avail. His contract was until August this year, but since there is no national camp, what would he do now that the whole focus is on the Tokyo Games, so we told SAI that his services are not require, “Tomar told PTI.
Tomar said he would look for new foreign coaches after the Olympics.
The WFI had also fired Iranian Hossein Karimi (freestyle) and American Andrew Cook (women) in the middle, saying it had become difficult to deal with their hysteria.