Foreign rifle coach may stay, pistol expert may go

August 27th, 2008 - 8:20 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS)India’s rifle coach from Hungary Laszlo Scuzask will get a fresh contract to stay on in the country, but there are conflicting reports on the continuance of the other Hungarian pistol coach Csaba Gyorik.Secretary-general of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) Baljeet Singh Sethi told IANS Wednesday that the contracts of both the coaches end this month and a decision on their future will be taken Sep 5 after a discussion with the officials of the Sports Authority of India.

As for the pistol coach, NRAI does not appear too keen on giving him a fresh contract, but Gyorik says that he himself is not interested in continuing as he has “some issues with the governing body of Indian shooting.”

“Laszlo has a done a good job with the rifle shooters and we will seek to re-employ him. But I don’t know about Gyorik’s fate in view of the poor showing by pistol shooters in international events. I think we may go for a new pistol coach,” Sethi said.

Gyorik, however, said that he wants to end the four-year association as he was not happy with the NRAI’s working.

“I don’t want to continue. I had taken this decision long back. I am not satisfied with the way the NRAI functions. I don’t want to say anything more,” he said.

Pressed on, Gyorik added: “We had no role in the team selection. As a coach I think we should have more say in selection matters. But here people with no knowledge about shooting have the say in team selection. As coaches we know the shooters better than the selectors.”

On the performance of the pistol shooters, he said: “I think we had done a fairly good. Samresh Jung was the first Indian pistol shooter to qualify for the Olympics. We have also done well in international events.”

Gyorik also said that he didn’t get enough training days for the shooters in the last one year.

“I proposed that we should have at least 320 days of practice. But it was reduced to only 150 days.”

Rifle coach Scuzask is happy at the prospect of his continuance with the Indian shooters.

“I am happy with my job and looking forward to renewing my association with the Indian shooters,” he said.

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