Absence of a foreign coach will not have any impact on the performance of Indian archers in the forthcoming international events including World Cup in China and Asian Games in Doha, a former Indian Coach said.
Foreign coaches are not essential because after the archers reach a certain standard at international level they are able to look after themselves, Sanjeeva Singh, former Coach and Joint Secretary of Archery Association of India (AAI) told PTI.
Star archer Dola Baneerjee, a gold medalist in a just concluded SAF Games, had said absence of a reputed foreign coach could hurt India's chances in the upcoming international events including World Championship and Doha Asian Games.
But Singh said recruitment of a foreign coach for archers, already shooting 1300 plus points, was not necessary as after reaching that level the archers themselves becomes coach.
"It becomes a mental sport for archers after reaching the 1300 plus point stage and our all top ranked archers including men and women are shooting well above the mark, Singh, a former archer himself and also secretary of Jharkhand Archery Assocation said on the sidelines of ongoing three-day selection trials of the Indian team.
Banerjee had said the Indians were trained by Limchne Woong of Korea, but ever since his contract came to an end in April, the team has been rudderless.
Justifying his stand on foreign coach issue, Singh said bows and arrows of the archers would have been perfectly tuned after reaching the stage of international mark (1300 plus) and then the game entirely becomes a mental sport.
Asked whether AAI has any proposal to recruit foreign coach before the Asian Games, Singh said it has to be decided by the AAI officials.
Singh said archery in the country has seen a see change in the last one decade and has made its presence felt in the international arena.
About the ongoing selection trial, Singh said Indian team (men and women in all age group) will be selected, based on their performance, for the international meets including World Championship at Shanghai.
About 120 archers from across the country including top ranked Dola Banerjee, Jhanu Hansada, Manjudha Soy, Reena Kumari (all women), Tarundeep Rai, Rahul Banerjee, Viswash (all men) will be seen in action to reserve their berth in the Indian team.