SPORT-SHOOT-REVIEW 2

first_imgThe committee called on Sidhu, who has been criticised The committee called on Sidhu, who has been criticised for making husband Ronak Pandit her personal coach, to take “some tough calls” on her events. “Maybe she should use the training year (2017) to judge whether the 25m sports pistol actually complements her favourite 10m air pistol. Clearly, there has been complication of matters and she essentially needs to get back to the simple aspects of shooting. There was no collaboration with the national coach Pavel Smirnov, which did not help the situation,” the committee stated. About Paul, who was found to have misled the Sports Ministry on who exactly was coaching her to garner more funds, the panel felt the rifle shooter was a classic case of a promising youngster being “ill-equipped” to chart her own path. “There were two coaches working with her, Thomas Farnik and Suma Shirur…The Committee feels that Pauls approach to the Olympics shows the flip side of allowing athletes, especially young ones, the power to chalk their own course. They are clearly not equipped or mentally ready to shoulder the responsibility. “The projection of Thomas Farnik as the coach and Suma Shirur only as a mentor, was purely for financial gains. The records and documents presented to the committee proved that Suma was the full time coach. There has to be absolute honesty of effort while preparing for the Olympics,” the report stated in its assessment. On the very promising Jitu Rai not living upto expectations, the committee said the pistol shooter did not get the right expertise and could not develop a “working relationship” with foreign coach Pavel Smirnov. Smirnov was also criticised for not being able to work out a plan for Prakash Nanjappa. “The committee feels that the foreign coach Pavel Smirnov did not have the expertise in the precision events to help Jitu Rai win an Olympic medal. Rais admission of his inability to find a working relationship with Smirnov further put the shooter in a precarious position of coming up with his own training plans. “The lack of expertise for the best shooter in India despite no dearth of support from the Army and the government further highlights the lack of proper planning. His extraordinary talent was taken for granted to deliver an Olympic medal. Any level of talent is irrelevant without correct preparation for the Olympics,” it said. PTI PM PDS ATKadvertisementlast_img

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