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WFI terminates coach Karimi's contract

WFI terminates coach Karimi
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The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has sacked men’s freestyle coach Hossein Karimi just six months into his tenure, claiming that the Iranian brought with himself a VIP culture that cannot be followed in the country.

New Delhi (PTI): The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has sacked men's freestyle coach Hossein Karimi just six months into his tenure, claiming that the Iranian brought with himself a VIP culture which cannot be followed in the country.

Karimi's contract was to run till the Tokyo Olympics. The Iranian was handed his termination notice on Wednesday. "He was following a VIP culture and it was increasingly becoming difficult to cope with his demands. We have intimated SAI about this. We are looking for a new coach," WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar told PTI.

Asked to elaborate on the issues that the WFI was facing while dealing with Karimi, Tomar explained that he could never develop a bond with either the coaches or the wrestlers.

"He always had one or other complaint or rather demand. He refused to stay at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex where the national camp is held, so we had to hire a flat near the SAI centre for him. We had to hire a car for him every time he had to travel in India.

"He always insisted on staying alone during tournaments while others shared rooms. Even at the World Championship in Nur-Sultan where two persons were to share the room as per the UWW instructions, he stayed alone. It was difficult to accept all his demands," said Tomar.

Karimi was hired at a monthly salary of USD 3500 but WFI said the expenses stood at USD 5000 due to his additional demands. Another major concern for WFI was Karimi's lack of camaraderie even with his wards.

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