Bangladesh Shooting Sports Federation will sign long-term deals with two high performance coaches today with a goal of clinching medals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, said officials on Wednesday.
BSSF decided to appoint their rifle coach Christensen Klavs on a permanent basis as the Danish passed his interim period successfully after he was appointed on a short-term deal.
Beside Klavs, the federation will also appoint Montenegrin pistol coach Marko Sokic with a hope of earning medals in the upcoming international events including the 2020 Olympic Games.
‘We have decided to appoint these two high-profile coaches till the next Olympic Games to give them enough time to prepare the shooters,’ BSSF secretary general Entekhabul Hamid told New Age on Wednesday.
‘Both the coaches have experiences to deal with many Olympic medal winning shooters.
‘I hope they will help us form a strong shooting team before the 2020 Olympic Games.’
Hamid also explained the federation’s future aim.
‘Our initial goal is to win medals during the international events in 2018 including the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Cup,’ he said.
‘By 2018, we will get a clear view over our actual standard of the shooters under the coaches, who will mainly work with our shooters for the 10-metre and 50-metre rifle and pistol events.
‘Next year we will include 25-metre pistol shooters under the high performance training.’
Hamid thinks if they can execute their planning they are bound to get international success.
‘Besides the HP training, we will also take part all the international events to give the shooters some international exposure’, said Hamid.
To fulfill the whole programme, Hamid said the federation needs a lot of money as they have to provide 450 euros per day to the coaches.
Federation has already picked up 35 male and female shooters for the HP training programme.
‘To run the future programmes smoothly we need a huge amount of money,’ said Hamid.
‘But we are not getting proper support either from ministry of sports or Bangladesh Olympic Association.
‘If they provide us some financial support it would be easy for us to plan for success.’
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