Coach Laszlo wants change in competition structure

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Beijing, Aug 14 (UNI) Rifle coach Laszlo Sczusak today pleaded for change in the competition structure in India to provide more competition to the shooters.

Talking to the mediapersons after Anjali Bhagwat had failed to make it the 3-position final, the Hungarian coach said ''I know for sure Anjali is capable of shooting a score of 590 plus on any given day. In practice, she had been doing well but the pressure did get to her today.'' He, however, said,''I think Anjali can still go for one more Olympics though she is 39 now. It should be her own decision, but she still has the hunger.'' Laszlo who has been with the Indian shooters for last eight years thinks some crucial changes are needed in the Indian shooting system.

''Abhinav Bindra's gold medal is a big thing for the sport in India but if people think more champions will emerge, a lot of work has to be done for it,'' he said.

He firmly believes if the Indian shooters want to train for the 2012 London Olympics, work will have to start by September 1.

''Look at the case of China's Li Du. She has won gold today but from tomorrow she will be back at the ranges. It calls for of a commitment of that level to do well,'' he stated.

Not happy with the ammunition shortage, Laszlo strongly feels Indian shooters are at the receiving end and something fast has to be done on it.

''We began preparing for the Beijing Olympics a year-and-a-half back. That's not enough, one needs to start right away,'' he added.

He said,''There was a need for changing the competition structure in the country. There are not enough events in India even at the domestic level. There is a need of more tournament for the shooters as there is nothing like match practice. And that is the reason why I asked Avneet to shoot in the 3-position event today,''.

According to the coach, Abhinav Bindra has been able to do well because of training in the European system. He shoots in competitions there and his training pattern is also like them.

''We need not only domestic events but also international competitions in India,'' he said.

In Europe, shooters are into training and competition 270 days in a year. That is the kind of preparation which goes into making champions.

He said there is a need to have more modern ranges.

''It is very clear. Indian shooters have the talent but need to be backed further. India has to keep looking for foreign coaches and they are not always available. Why not get hold of the former Indian shooters and ensure they can qualify themselves as top coaches. That's the way to go about it,'' is his prescription.

He was of the view that India needs to focus on the Commonwealth Games.

''The hosts should have the home advantage like the Chinese here. The ranges have to be built on time in Tuglakabad. We need to make sure other centres which come up are also easily accessible,'' he said.

About Abhinav Bindra's alleged to have been tampered before the final the coach said, ''Why talk of non existent controversies.'' UNI HSB RKM AS1521

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