SAI invites Olympians and para-Olympians to work as coaches

In a move to secure the athletes financially, SAI has come up with this venture

By Samrat Chakraborty ·

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has officially invited applications from Olympians and para-Olympians for the post of assistant coach (level 6) and coach (level10) across various disciplines.

Once appointed as coaches, active athletes can continue with their training and participate in various international events.

However, they will need to pursue a diploma in sports coaching which is being offered by the National Institute of Sports if they have not taken up the course previously.

“Olympians/Para-Olympians are given the opportunity to work in SAI as coach. In fact, the medal winners in the Olympics and Para Olympics have (been) directly recruited in Group ‘A’ position in SAI to show the gratitude for their service to the country,” SAI said in an official statement.

One must note that in December 2020, SAI had already appointed 11 Olympians and three para-Olympians as coaches and assistant coaches.

Amongst them was Mariyappen T, who won a gold in the high jump in Para Olympics 2016. He was offered a Group A post as a coach.

Indian quarter milers Muhammed Anas and Ashwini Akkunji were also roped in the capacity of coaches. The 24-year-old Anas, won three silver medals at the Jakarta Asian Games, and Ashwini, claimed gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2010 Asian Games.

Mariyappan Thangavelu won the gold in para high jump at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. 

This is an effort made by SAI to ensure that the active sportspersons even after their retirement can contribute positively and significantly to their favourite sport. This will open a new avenue for them to boost their finances. 

“This is our way of acknowledging the contribution made by these sportspersons to the country. We want sportspersons who have represented the country in the most competitive, elite events of the world, to be associated with sports throughout their professional careers and even after they retire,” said Neelam Kapur, DG SAI, after the appointment of the first batch of athletes.

“We want to harness their vast experience towards training young, prospective medal winners.”

 Interested candidates can apply for the post from January 5 to January 26.