Athletics setback in India: AFI High Performance Director Volker Harman resigns, says- I fail to live up to expectations

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Volker Harman, AFI’s high performance director with athlete Heema Das (right). – File photo

Volker Harman, High Performance Director of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has resigned. He confirmed this on social media. He wrote that he cannot fulfill the expectations that come with the post of High Performance Director. At the same time, AFI after his resignation, AFI is now looking for a senior and a junior director for the post.

AFI President wishes for future

AFI President Adile Sumariwala said that he tried to convince Harman. Sumariwala said, ‘This is his personal decision. They want to go back to their country Germany and we respect their decision. He has also expressed a desire to become a consultant in future. We would definitely like to work with them. We wish them all the best for the future. We are now looking for Harman’s replacement and a junior high performance director.

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Harman confirmed on his Facebook page

Harman wrote on his Facebook page, ‘After spending a year and a half in India, the day has come when I am resigning from AFI. I feel that I am not right for this role and am not able to meet the challenges that come with the post. That is why I have resigned. ‘

The future of athletics in India is bright

Harman said that the future of athletics in India is bright. He said, ‘A favorable and sustainable infrastructure is needed to support India’s talented athletes and coaches. Also, to be successful on the world stage, players with a strong, confident and independent mindset are also needed.

I want to see Indian athletes succeed

Harman said that he looks forward to the development of athletes in the country. He said, ‘I have made many friends in India. He made my tenure precious. The year and a half brought many changes in my lifestyle and gave me an opportunity to look at the positive aspects. I want my athletes to see success. ‘

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