Andrew Cook is still trying to figure out what went wrong in his stint with the Indian women’s team as wrestling coach.
The American had joined the national camp in early 2019 but fell out with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) after he left for Seattle due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was dismissed from service. He thus joined a long list of foreign coaches who left after struggling to cope with a system “completely different” from many other nations.
“When I left, we were on a high; we had just crushed history with eight medals at the Asians and had a good bit of momentum heading into the qualifying events. Then the pandemic came, within a blink everything changed. Now I have a sour taste as I was blind-sided by this situation,” Cook told PTI from Seattle.
“I really loved India for the rich culture and the food was so amazing….