India’s athletics coach Snesarev found dead at his hostel room in Patiala

Nikolai Snesarev dead
Nikolai Snesarev dead

Indian Athletics Coach Nikolai Snesarev found dead: In a major shocking development, Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Friday said that India’s athletics coach Nikolai Snesarev was found dead in his hostel room at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala.

According to the information available with, Nikolai took today’s traning session with his wards and after the session felt uneasy and collapsed.

“AFI is deeply shocked to learn about the sudden demise of recently appointed middle-long distance coach Dr. Nikolai Snesarev in Patiala- Adille J Sumariwalla, AFI President. Detailed statement shortly,” tweeted AFI.

The 72-year-old Snesarev, a resident of Belarus, returned to India after a gap of two years.
According to reports, the dead body has been sent to a government hospital for post mortem.

“He had come to NIS for the Indian Grand Prix 3 (from his Bengaluru base) held today. But when he did not turn up for the meet, the coaches checked for him in the evening and his room was found locked from inside,” AFI President Adille Sumariwalla told PTI.

“When the door was broken, he was found lying on his bed. The Sports Authority of India doctor at the NIS declared him dead and the ED (team) of the SAI has referred the body to the government hospital for post mortem.

“We don’t know the cause of death. We will know it later after post mortem.”

Snesarev’s contract was till the end of the Olympics, postponed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic according to the AFI.