Samaresh Jung earned the sobriquet of ‘Goldfinger’ after shooting down seven medals — five of them gold — at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
With New Delhi all set to host the mega-event next year, expectations from the pistol marksman on his home turf are sky high, but the bespectacled 39-year-old is rather lukewarm about it all. He told us why from the national camp in Pune.
You must hope for an encore at next year’s Commonwealth Games… what's the kind of pressure you're feeling?
Some pressure is always good. It keeps you motivated. A couple of shooters down the ladder are doing well, all of them want to catch up with me. And, I want to push myself hard to stay ahead.
Peaking at the right time is important. In your case, how much time does it take to peak?
I can’t say how long I take to attain peak form. But I need to work with a coach. Sadly, I don't have one.
Is there no expert or coach at the national camp you can rely on?
Certainly not! I am following my own training plan at the camp. It’s on a hit-and-trial basis at the moment.
So you’re not following a proper programme?
There’s no concrete plan. Everything is jumbled. Since there is no expert or coach attached to the camp, our training is not going along expected lines. I can say the progress is slow.
Are you satisfied with the facilities in the national camp?
No. There is no scientific back-up or support staff. Things haven’t improved in all these years. The range in Pune is very good but that alone won’t fetch us medals.
Other important components like expert coaches are missing. Without scientific backup, winning laurels in global competitions is next to impossibe.
Are you are looking for a personal coach?
The process is on. But it's not that easy to find a good coach. And then there's the money factor. It's not easy. (The writer is founder of the website indianshooting.com)