Nov. 22, 2020, 1:41 p.m.
Indian Athletics Federation High Performance Director Volker Herrmann, whose contract has been extended by the Sports Department until the end of the 2024 Olympics, has resigned from his post, saying he ” could no longer meet the self-imposed expectations that accompanied the role. “
An AFI source confirmed that Herrmann resigned a few weeks ago, but said he had given no “specific reason”.
The German was appointed to the post in June 2019 for a term until the end of the Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021. In September, the ministry extended his contract until the end of the 2024 Olympics, but AFI sources said he had not signed the new contract.
“After a successful and inspiring year and a half in India, the day came when I could no longer meet the self-imposed expectations that accompany the role of High Performance Director of AFI, which is why I resigned from my position. position three weeks ago, ”Herrmann wrote on his Facebook page.
“Working in top-level sports demands a high level of expectations. Many athletes and teams around the world, supported by their coaches and staff, compete with the sole aim of being the best on any given date. The only one will succeed. “
Herrmann said athletics in India had a bright future ahead of him.
“It takes an enabling and also sustainable infrastructure to support its countless talented athletes and coaches. He also needs actors with a strong, confident and independent mindset to be successful on the global stage.
The AFI source said the federation had tried to persuade Herrmann not to resign, but to no avail.
“He gave no reason. He wanted to leave and go (home). AFI tried to stop him until the Olympics, but he said he decided to return, ”the source told PTI.
“Otherwise, there is no problem between him and the AFI and the ISC.”
Herrmann said his time in India “enriched” his life in many ways and “made me look back on a very positive note.”
“I could change my perspective, but I always look forward to seeing the development of our athletes and coaches and their successes to come,” he said.
Herrmann was the second person to become director of high performance in Indian athletics after a brief stint from American Derek Boosey, Mexico City Olympian in 1968, who was named in October 2015 ahead of the Rio Olympics, but resigned after seven months at the helm.
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