Japanese swimming coach quits

Staff Correspondent | Published at 12:00am on October 22, 2019

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Takeo Inoki

Bangladesh Swimming Federation’s Japanese coach Takeo Inoki abruptly left his post on Sunday accusing local coaches and officials of physically abusing and harassing the junior national team swimmers.

‘I give zero tolerance to organisations or individuals who give physical abuse/punishments and any harassment to the swimmers,’ Takeo said in a Facebook statement on Monday.

Takeo was appointed by the BSF on August 9 this year as coach of Bangladesh national swimming team for the South Asian Games, scheduled to be held in Nepal from December 1-10.  

The Japanese coach claimed to have witnessed a very ugly incident on Sunday that prompted him to leave his post.

‘A few junior national team swimmers violated mobile phone team rule... coaches and officials decided to give all...swimmers punishments by giving meaningless physical exercise under the strong sun with nearly 40 degrees outdoor temperatures,’ he added.

BSF secretary MB Saif was shocked after the sudden departure of Takeo and formed a three-member probe body on Sunday to investigate the whole incident.

The probe body is headed by camp commander and lieutenant commander of Bangladesh Navy, Mahadiul Hasan, while federation joint secretary Selim Mia and member Nibedita Das were the two other members.

‘Yes, he left yesterday [Sunday]. Why he left...at around 5:00pm, he just said, I am leaving due to my personal reasons...I saw his facebook status today [Monday] then understood the cause behind his leaving,’ said Saif.

‘He left without informing us anything that left us in an embarrassing situation. We will try to get him back. I think as a coach he was positive...sincere and hard working. We were in good track,’ he added. 

Saif informed that there are two teams in the camp at the Syed Nazrul Islam National Swimming Complex in Mirpur.

One is national team under Takeo’s supervision and the other is national junior team camp under local coaches’ supervision. 

According to BSF rules, junior team swimmers are allowed to keep their mobile phones with them only once in a week and that is from every Thursday morning to Friday night.

Some of the junior team swimmers on Sunday violated the rule as they were found with their mobile phones.

For breaking the rules, they were withdrawn from pool practice and were sent to practice on the floor as punishment by coaches Mahbubur Rahman and Karar Samedul.

During the punishment, one members of the junior swimming team Sharifa Akter Mim collapsed on the floor and complained of dizziness and headache.

Takeo witnessed that punishment incident and decided to leave.