Patiala: India’s center and long-distance coach Nikolai Snesarev from Belarus was discovered lifeless in his hostel room on the National Institute of Sports on Friday, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) knowledgeable.
Snesarev had returned to India after a spot of two years to be right here until the top of September. The lifeless physique of the 72-year-old was despatched to a authorities hospital for put up mortem.
Revealing particulars of what occurred, AFI President Adille Sumariwalla advised information company PTI that “He had come to NIS for the Indian Grand Prix 3 (from his Bengaluru base) held at present. But when he didn’t flip up for the meet, the coaches checked for him within the night and his room was discovered locked from inside”.
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“When the door was damaged, he was discovered mendacity on his mattress. The Sports Authority of India physician on the NIS declared him lifeless and the ED (workforce) of the SAI has referred the physique to the federal government hospital for put up mortem,” he stated.
“We don’t know the reason for demise. We will understand it later after put up mortem,” he knowledgeable.
Snesarev was teaching 3000m steeplechaser Avinash Sable who certified for the Olympics, and different center and long-distance runners as they put together to qualify for the Tokyo Games.
He had stop as Indian athletics’ lengthy and center distance coach in February 2019 after Sable opted to coach beneath Army coach Amrish Kumar as an alternative.
His contract then was prolonged by a yr as a result of Coronavirus pandemic, the top of the Olympics.
Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports Kiren Rijiju gave his condolences by tweeting, “I’m deeply saddened to be taught in regards to the unhappy demise of center and lengthy distance working coach Nikolai Snesarev. He has been an ideal coach and helped many medal winners throughout his affiliation with India since 2005”.
Details about the cause of death are awaited.