New Delhi: For the Union Ministry Sports And Youth Affairs facilitated Avinash Sable, a 3000m steeplechase runner, to travel from Colorado Springs to Rabat, where he set a new national record. The ministry contacted the Indian embassy in the United States to help Sable obtain a Moroccan visa.
Tokyo Olympian Sable set a national record in the men’s 3000m steeplechase event at the Diamond League 2022 in Rabat, Morocco on Sunday, clocking a time of 8 minutes 12.48 seconds. He is looking forward now The world Championship in Oregon and Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
“I am happy that the Diamond League event turned out to be great and I get a lot of confidence when I perform well. I really look forward to competing in one more event before the World Championships in Oregon, to test myself further, “Sable spoke to the Sports Authority. India From Rabat. “Of course, I’m looking forward to doing really well at the Oregon and Commonwealth Games.”
The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) agreed to provide financial support for air tickets to Sable under TOPS for the Rabat trip to participate in the Diamond League in Rabat. In the Paris 2024 Olympic cycle, Sable was included in the TOPS in December 2021. He has so far spent Rs. 6.02 lakh has been confirmed.
“SAI has helped a lot not only me but every athlete as well, by providing full training exposure and adhering to whatever we need, be it coaching or equipment,” Sable said. “Tops allowed my trip here and I’m grateful. Our government is giving a lot of support to sports.
Sable has been training at Colorado Springs since April 15 under India’s medium and long distance foreign coach Scott Simmons. After he confirmed his participation in the Diamond League, SAI with the help of MEA helped him secure his visa for Morocco, as he had to travel for the competition. The training is funded under the Annual Calendar for Training and Competition (ACTC). “It was great to go to Colorado Springs and have wonderful training partners in Hillary Bohr (American 3000m steeplechase athlete), Paul Chelimo (bronze medalist in the 5000m Tokyo Olympics) and others,” he said. “I interact with them during training sessions about the race and learn about their experiences.
“According to the training, I am trying out different workouts under Sir Scott Simmons and it has also benefited my endurance,” added Avinash Sable.