first_imgThe AAA also awarded the 2017 edition of the Asian The AAA also awarded the 2017 edition of the Asian Championships to Ranchi, the third time overall the country is hosting the event after 1989 and 2013. In a first in athletics, British Olympian Derek Boosey took charge as the High Performance Director with an aim to to ensure India win at least one medal in athletics by 2020 Olympics. Booseys appointment made athletics only the second sport in the country after hockey which has a High Performance Director under government rolls. In a controversial decision, dope-tainted Ukrainian Yuri Ogrodnik was brought back as the athletics coach, four years after he was shunted out of the country for his alleged involvement in the 2011 doping fiasco. The 77-year-old Yuris appointment was finally cleared by the government after a long delay as the AFI insisted on it and interestingly he took charge of the womens 4x400m relay team with almost all of the 2011 dope offenders joining him in their preparations for the Rio Olympics. Belarussian long distance running coach Nikolai Snesarev, who has the likes of Babar, Sudha and Jaisha under his watch, threatened to quit during the National Open Championships in September, citing poor infrastructure as the primary reason. The issue got resolved after Sports Authority of India extended his contract beyond the Rio Olympics. Athletics got its share among the Arjuna Awardees this year with quartermiler M R Poovamma being conferred with the prestigious honour. Towards the end of the year, India made a bid to host a major international event — IAAF Under-20 World Championships — after the world governing body of the sport took it from Russia in the aftermath of the doping scandal that shook that country and athletics world. PTI PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more