New Delhi, June 25 | The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is set to terminate the services of women’s coach Andrew Cook for his refusal to participate in SAI’s online sessions for non-payment of salary, a claim refuted by the American.
According to WFI, Cook was recently contacted by Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials for attending sessions such as E-Pathshala, but the American allegedly told them that unless he receives his pending salary, he won’t attend them.
Cook had left for Seattle after the national camp for women wrestlers in Lucknow was suspended in March owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
When he left for the US on March 17, he said that SAI had held back half of his salary.
Cook was hired by SAI on the recommendation of WFI in September 2018 and he joined the camp in early 2019.
Cook though said he was regularly in touch with the wrestlers and SAI coaches.
SAI coaches, who were also part of those sessions, confirmed that Cook indeed was in attendance. Cook felt that neither the SAI nor the WFI like the fact he spoke to media about his salary issues and has thus paid the price. Cook’s contract was until August 2020 at a monthly salary of USD 4500.