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The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) will get the services of its first foreign high-performance director (HPD), Mr. Aveenash Pandoo of South Africa, until the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Mr. Aveenash Pandoo has intensive experience of working with the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) on the Development and Education Committee (from 2013 to 2017).

The Union Sports Ministry has approved the appointment of Pandoo at an annual salary of $54,000 (approximately ₹40.50 lakh).

The HPD has been appointed with the specific focus on development of junior talent with an eye on the 2028 Olympics. Pandoo will also help create a strong coaching structure to help India produce international champions.

Pandoo is expected to assist in the Coach Development Programmes for 100 coaches and Referee Development Programmes for 60 referees each year.

The 46-year-old Pandoo, a Mauritian who is based in South Africa, will come to India with more than two decades of coaching experience in South Africa and Indonesia. In his role as HPD, Pandoo was instrumental in helping two Indonesian lifters get medals in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

His key responsibilities areas will include the following duties:-

For NCOE
• Designing long term athlete development pathway
• Training program and introduction of scientific monitoring system for NCOE athletes

Competition
• Development of competition structure (International, National, Inter-NCOE, State, Club) & Introduction of transparent & regular ranking system

Coach Education
• Revision and structuring of NS NIS diploma syllabus
• Introduction of IWLF coaches certification course (Level 1, 2 & 3)
• Moreover, a robust talent identification system to improve bench strength and introduction of organizational structure for NCOEs.

The contract is based on performance which will be reviewed by Sports Authority of India in a timely manner.

Sahdev Yadav
President
Indian Weightlifting Federation

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