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Renato Canova No Longer Coaching In Qatar

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 7, 2011
  • Updated Apr. 7, 2011 at 7:29 AM UTC
Renato Canova is leaving his coaching position with the Qatari Athletics Federation. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Renato Canova is leaving his coaching position with the Qatari Athletics Federation. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Apparently, his athletes weren’t living up to expectations.

According to a report filed by The Standard, world-renowned running coach Renato Canova has left his position with the Qatari Athletics Federation. Qatari Athletics head coach Joachim Krug cited that Canova did not “meet targets set by the Federation.”

Canova had a different explanation for his departure. He accused the Federation of going back on its plan to allow him to stay as the head distance coach until the London Olympics in 2012 and accuses the oil-rich nation of shifting its focus from the track to the soccer pitch. (Qatar is hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.)

“I terminated my collaboration with Qatar Federation at the end of last December, after the Asian Games,” he said. ”There was never a long-term strategy with the Federation. The best athletes had a contract until Olympic Games next year, but soon after Asian Games they were dropped, in spite of winning five medals in the Games.”

Canova went on to point out that the Federation did not like seeing Kenyan-born James Kwalia lose to Mahboub Mahboub of Bahrain in the 5,000m final at the Asian Games last year.

For More: The Standard

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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