Uwe Hohn threw the 104.80 m javelin in 1984, after which the javelin’s design was changed in 1986 and world records were reintroduced. Hone’s initial contract was of Rs 1 crore nine lakh per annum.
Neeraj Chopra coached with Uwe Hawn till 2018.
Former world record holder and national javelin throw coach Uwe Hohn’s contract with the Tokyo Olympics has ended. Now he will return to his country as there is no possibility of extension of the contract. Hohn, 59, from Germany was appointed head coach for a year in November 2017 and was supposed to coach Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, Tokyo Olympian Shivpal Singh and Anu Rani. A source with knowledge of the matter told PTI on condition of anonymity, ‘He (Han) is leaving. SAI (Sports Authority of India) is unlikely to extend his contract. It is learned that Hawn had demanded a 50 percent increase in his salary and making it tax-free, besides first class tickets for the plane.
In the year 1984, Hawn threw the 104.80 m javelin, after which in 1986 the design of the javelin was changed and the world records were reintroduced. Hone’s initial contract was of Rs 1 crore nine lakh per annum. Apart from this, accommodation, food, medical facilities and travel facilities during holidays were also to be provided. At the time of re-signing the contract in October 2020, he wanted it to be increased to Rs 1 crore 64 lakh per annum. “SAI had informed them in 2020 that their demand was pragmatic and unacceptable as an increase of Rs 55 lakh was not justified considering the performance of the players they were training,” SAI sources said.
Neeraj Chopra took training for only one year
Sai had also said that it had also appointed another foreign javelin throw coach, bio-mechanic expert Dr. Klaus Bartonitz, on the recommendation of the Athletics Federation of India, by spending a hefty amount. Hawn served as Chopra’s coach for almost a year from his appointment until the 2018 Asian Games. The AFI had made it clear that it was Chopra’s decision to leave Hawn and train with Kloss. Chopra had also said that he respected Hohn but did not like the training method and technical attitude of the German coach.
Han criticized SAI and AFI
Sources said that in October 2020, Hoe decided to extend his contract on the existing terms and he was training Shivpal, who failed to make the final in the Olympics with a poor performance of 76.40m. Rani, who flopped in the Tokyo Olympics, also refused to train with Han. Hone’s criticism of the lack of facilities at the national camp a month before the Olympics did not go down well with the AFI and SAI.
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