THE AVAILABILITY of awesome lakes like the Upper Lake of Bhopal gives India the opportunity to lead in the water sports at the international level. The need is to capitalise upon the available resources, feels Toth Arpad, the Hungarian coach. He was in the City on Wednesday as a special invitee in the opening ceremony of 17th National Kayaking and Canoeing Championship organised at the Water Sports Centre of Sports Directorate, Upper Lake.
Arpad is the second renowned international Hungarian coach to visit Bhopal. Earlier, coach G Yonish visited the City two years ago. Lauding the efforts being made at the Water Sports Centre, he said that the players and the government both are serious about the game.
“The conditions at Water Sports Centre are ideal for kayaking and canoeing activities. With some more efforts, this centre could host the higher-level international events”, said Arpad.
His son Toth Atilla accompanied him. On being asked, he said that the beauty of the lake has impressed him a lot. “You can compare this lake with any other European lake”, he opined.
At present Hungary is the leader in water sports activities like kayaking, canoeing and rowing. When asked about the reason of leading the water sports at the international meets, coach Arpad said that kayaking and canoeing is in his country for the last many years. “We have a number of old schools of kayaking and canoeing. Youths have immense attraction towards kayaking and canoeing activities that made the Hungary leader in the respective sports”, said Arpad.
Suggesting the measures that could make the water sports an attractive game in India, Arpad said that players of water sports required good stamina. “The players for kayaking and canoeing should be developed from their early ages.
Catch them young, the result will be outstanding”, the coach suggested. He further said that rural areas have a huge basket of talented players. “There should be a policy of exploring the talent at the rural level where a good number of players are available”, said Arpad.
He came to the City after providing coaching to the participating members of the camp that was organised in Allippie, Kerala.