Hossein Karimi Joins Wrestling Federation of India as Coach

Hossein Karimi Joins Wrestling Federation of India as Coach
Hossein Karimi Joins Wrestling Federation of India as Coach

For the first time, the Wrestling Federation of India has managed to procure services of a coach from Asian powerhouse Iran with Hossein Karimi set to join as one of the three foreign coaches along with Andrew Cook of the US and Georgia’s Temo Kazarashvili on a one-year contract.

According to, the Sports Authority of India on Wednesday approved the appointment of Karimi to coach the men’s freestyle grapplers. Cook will guide the women’s wrestlers while Kazarashvili will coach the men’s Greco Roman wrestlers.

The first assignment for the three foreign coaches would be the Under-23 World Championship, scheduled to be held in Bucharest from November 12-18.

“It is the first time that we have coaches from Iran and the US,” WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar told PTI.

Karimi was involved with Iran’s team as assistant coach at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where the country won five medals including a gold in men’s free style through Hassan Yazdani.

 High Hopes

“Keeping in mind the demand and requirement of India’s top wrestlers, we have hired foreign coaches. We are hoping that along with the Indian coaches, these foreign coaches will be able to help our wrestlers in a big way,” Tomar added.

Asked about the appointment of Kazarashvili, who was suspended for favoring an Uzbekistan wrestler during the Rio Games, Tomar said, “he says he never did that and it was just an allegation. We are hopeful that he can produce good results. He is a good coach and a former world champion. We did not have a better option.”

Kazarashvili had won both junior (1979) and senior (1982) world championship titles.

“The women’s grapplers have improved a lot in the US. Getting Cook on board is not a bad deal at all,” Tomar noted.

India’s current national coaches - Jagmander Singh (men’s freestyle), Kuldeep Singh Malik (women’s) and Kuldeep Singh (Greco Roman) will continue to work with the wrestlers at national camps.


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