Danish shooting coach aims big

Sudipta Ananda | Published: 23:07, Dec 01,2016


Bangladesh national shooting team’s Danish rifle coach Klavs Christensen (L) signs a four-year contract with the Bangladesh Shooting Sports Federation at the National Shooting Complex on Thursday.— Courtesy BSSF

Bangladesh national shooting team’s Danish rifle coach Klavs Christensen said on Thursday that he is hopeful of bringing some meaningful success in the upcoming years from major international meets.
Christensen signed a four-year contract with the Bangladesh Shooting Sports Federation on Thursday that would make him Bangladesh coach for rifle shooters up to 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The 65-year-old high profile coach, who guided 10-metre air rifle shooter Abdullah Hel Baki during the last Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, set some targets to achieve the ultimate goal of winning Olympic medals.
‘When Hamid [secretary general BSSF, Entekhabul Hamid] asked my opinion over working on a long-term basis, I didn’t need a second thought,’ Christensen told reporters during the agreement signing ceremony on Thursday.
‘I’m sure that we will make some good progress in the next four years.’
Christensen said that earning a quota place in Tokyo Olympics would be his primary target.
‘My first goal is to ensure a quota place in the Olympics, not just depend on wild-card,’ he said.
‘We know, it’s really difficult to make a quota but when you ensure a quota, you can make the final and when you make the final you have a bright chance of winning a medal.
‘I’m sure we will achieve a quota place and then we will see about medals, but I will not talk too much about an Olympic medal.
‘Not only me but no-one can promise about a medal because there are so many countries, who are investing a lot of money to win it.’
Christensen, who guided a shooter to a silver medal in the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, said Bangladesh have a bright chance to win a medal in the 2024 Olympic Games.
Currently the Danish coach is working with a group of 35 players, who were earlier picked from the talent hunt programme, and he was very optimistic about their future.
‘I think in another four years [2024] there would be much bigger chance to win a medal because I have found very high talents among 35 players,’ he said.
‘Let me mention one shooter, who is Risalat [Risalatul Islam], he is a young guy. He has been doing extremely well for the last couple of weeks in the training camp.
‘The level he [Risalat] is at now, he could manage the final eight of the Olympic in Rio. So, I’m sure he can do very well in future.’
Before the 2020 Olympics, Bangladesh
will take part in events like Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, World Cups and Christensen believes Bangladesh will win medals from these competitions.
‘I’m sure we will win medals in the other meets like Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, World Cups,’ he said.
‘In the regional games like South Asian Games we want lot of medals than before.’

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