New Delhi, April 30: Discontent is brewing in the national archery team preparing at Sonepat for the Shanghai World Cup Stage 2 from May 6-12 over the appointment of a coach who the archers claim does not have much experience at this level.
The Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) Teams Division cleared Kailash, coach with the All India Police Sports Control Board (AIPSCB), to train the women’s compound team preparing for Shanghai. His name was recommended by the Archery Association of India (AAI). But it so happens that Kailash of CRPF is a recurve archer.
In compound archery, the bow, unlike recurve, is a complex unit with pulleys at either end and tuning it means the nock height has to be adjusted according to an archer’s stance and draw length. It needs a lot of experience and generally the quality of a compound coach depends on how well he can tune a bow.
“The coach should be thoroughly familiar with the event and should be able to tune the bow properly,” said Mumbai Police coach, Chandrakant Baburao Ilag, who also alleged that the old system of choosing a coach on the basis of the number of his or her trainees in the squad, was not being followed.
Kailash was also initially named for the coaching camp ahead of the Medellin World Cup, but his name was not cleared by the sports ministry then. This time AAI has again recommended his name and it was cleared.
In a letter to the ministry on Monday, Chandrakant criticised Kailash’s selection. “The archers have no faith in Kailash,” he wrote.
When contacted, Kailash said though he specialised in recurve, he has been coaching compound archers too. “I am the coach of the national police team. The federation has selected me for the camp as there are two archers – Lovejot Singh and Monali Jadhav – from our department,” he said, brushing aside the fact that Lovejot is in the men’s team.
Lovejot Singh, Sangampreet Singh, Parveen Kumar and Gurwinder Singh are in the men’s team and Anita Kumari, Parveena, Monali Jadhav and Priya Gurjar in the women’s team.
Majhi Sawaiyan, who was the recurve coach at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games, was named the men’s compound coach for Shanghai.
AAI secretary general Maha Singh justified the selection. “We aren’t favouring anyone,” he said over phone from Chandigarh.
Maha Singh said Kailash was one of the coaches who attended the national seminar on compound archery, conducted by Larry Wise of USA (level 4 compound coach) at Sonepat from January 2-9. “There was an inquiry from SAI and we have apprised them that Kailash has the background of compound archery,” he said.
But an archer in the national men’s compound team said on condition of anonymity: “By attending a seminar you can’t become a coach. We had complained and he (Kailash) was dropped from the team once (in April). If he has recurve background, he should go with that team, not with the compound team.” (Hindustan Times)