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Athletics Federation of India’s High Performance Director Volker Herrmann, whose contract was extended by the Sports Ministry till the end of 2024 Olympics, has relinquished the post, saying he “could no longer meet the self-imposed expectations coming along with the role.”
An AFI source said Herrmann resigned a few weeks ago, but he did not give any “specific reason”.
The German was appointed in June 2019 for a term till the end of the postponed Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
In September, the ministry extended his contract till the end of 2024 Olympics, but AFI sources said he did not sign the new contract.
“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 on his Facebook page.
Herrmann said athletics in India has a glorious future ahead.
Herrmann was the second person to become Indian athletics’ High Performance Director after a short stint by American Derek Boosey, a 1968 Mexico City Olympian, who was appointed in October 2015 ahead of the Rio Olympics but resigned after seven months in charge. (PTI)