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first_imgWith the Indian economy among the fastest growing in the With the Indian economy among the fastest growing in the world, Boosey said its time to convince the corporate sector to invest in athletics. “We cannot rely only on government. We have to convince the Indian corporate sector to invest money in athletics. We have to raise our own money. Only then, athletics will go up in profile in India.” His designation may sound that hes involved in the performance aspect of the athletes but he said hes not directly related to that and he is more of an administrator. “I am not a coach. I am in administration and not in coaching. I planned with the coaches. They (coaches) planned coaching and training of athletes though final approval may be given by me. So, it is more of a supervision work,” he said. “I dont dictate and it is a team work. Things like budgeting, competition calendar etc. involve everybody. In the three and half months since I took charge, I have travelled throughout India, at the SAI Centers and some of the academies coming up. I am getting to know things. It is a huge job in such a big country.” Boosey said his contract will expire in August after the Rio Olympics though it may be renewed after a review. He, however, wants the SAI to do the review in June instead of August. “My contract is upto August and there will be a review in August. Media reports say that my contract will be renewed if they (SAI) are happy with my work but I dont know. “I want the review to be done in June instead of August. If they (SAI) dont renew my contract after the review (in August) then I will be without a job at the end of August. If the review is done in June and my contract is not renewed, I can plan for my future in advance before my contract ends in August,” he reasoned. Boosey, however, said the review by SAI should not be on the basis of the performance of Indian athletes in Rio Olympics. “Rio performance cannot be the basis for the review. How can it be? Had it been the case, I would not have taken up this job,” he said when asked if the review could be based on the Rio Olympics performance. PTI PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img

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