New Delhi. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Sunday confirmed that Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra will continue to train with his German coach Klaus Bartonitz, whose contract has been extended until the 2024 Paris Games. After winning a historic gold at the Tokyo Olympics, Chopra had expressed her desire to continue training with the “bio-mechanical” specialist from Germany.
“We have enlisted the services of Dr. Klaus Bartonitz, coach of Olympic javelin throw gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, till the 2024 Paris Games,” AFI said. During the process, Bartonitz took over as Chopra’s coach from compatriot and former world record-holding javelin thrower Uwe Hohn.
The AFI also said that 400m coach Galina Bukharina will also take charge by the end of this year’s Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Under Bukharina’s supervision, the men’s 4x400m relay team of Mohammad Anas Yahia, Noah Nirmal Tom, Arokia Rajeev and Amoz Jacob set a new Asian record at the Tokyo Olympics. The AFI has recently presented the annual calendar for training and competition to the Sports Ministry.