India’s javelin coach German legend Uwe Hohn sacked

The Athletics Federation did not renew its contract with Hohn, who coached Olympians Neeraj Chopra, Annu Rani and Shivpal Singh.

By Rahul Venkat
Picture by Instagram/Neeraj Chopra

German Uwe Hohn will no longer coach Indian javelin throwers after the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) decided not to renew his contract post the Tokyo Olympics.

The AFI said it was dissatisfied by Uwe John’s performance and they will be hiring two replacements soon.

Uwe Hohn is a former javelin thrower, who once held the world record before javelins were redesigned. He had thrown the spear beyond 100 metres!

Uwe Hohn has won the World Cup and European Championships and turned to coaching in 1999.

The German was brought into the Indian set-up in 2017 to coach Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra and fellow Olympians Shivpal Singh and Annu Rani.

It was under Uwe Hohn’s tutelage that Neeraj Chopra won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Asian Games.

However, Neeraj was accompanied to Tokyo 2020 by biomechanics expert Dr Klaus Bartonietz.

“I respect Hohn sir, I won gold in 2018 Asian Games and Commonwealth Games under him. But his technical approach and style of training was different,” Neeraj Chopra had told PTI earlier.

“Klaus sir’s training plans were good and suited me. He plans training according to the body of the athlete and he has also worked with a lot of athletes in different countries.”