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Pistol coach Zyorik to ‘move on with life’

The Hungarian coach for pistol shooting Csaba Zyorik packs his bags as his four-year term with the Sports Authority of India comes to an end, reports Ajai Masand.

india Updated: Aug 30, 2008 23:56 IST
Ajai Masand
Ajai Masand
Hindustan Times

Even as the foreign rifle coach, Szucsak Laszlo, looks set for another stint with the Indian team, his Hungarian compatriot for pistol shooting, Csaba Zyorik, is packing his bags as his four-year term with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has come to an end.

On the eve of his departure, Zyorik said he was leaving behind a bunch of very talented shooters who would do the country proud in the near future.

The coach, whose high points in India were the exploits of Samresh Jung at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games (where the Delhi marksman bagged a record five gold medals), his qualification for the Beijing Olympic Games at the Munich World Cup and the gold by young markswoman Harveen Sarao at the World University Games last year in Bangkok, said it was a pretty long stint in India and "I am happy that I have given something to Indian shooting".

"It is time to move on with life. I have another assignment waiting for me… I won't disclose it now. It's time to be with my family and two children," said the Budapest-based Zyorik.

During his tenure, Sonia Rai became the first Indian pistol markswoman to bag a bronze at the 2006 World Cup in Resende and the women's team went on to create history by winning silver at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha.

The burly Hungarian said had it not been for the bureaucracy, the shooters would have done even better.

"The bureaucracy here is huge…things work very slowly. I don't want to name any individual or organisation but it is bad. I think its is very hard to change the system and I am very sure that it is the interest of the shooters in the country that is keeping the sport alive," said Zyorik in a matter-of-fact manner.

"The future is bright because of the shooters, not for any other reason. The circumstances are bad. I'd just say that Indian shooters are very serious about their careers because they know there is no power to back them," he said.

For now, Zyorik is happy that the pistol shooters have risen above the 'general scores'. On Harveen, he said, "She is a great shooter but doesn't have a strong hand…the way she is doing now, she will never become a champion."

The coach, who invited flak for being 'selective' in his coaching, clarified it was not the case. "If you have 68 shooters to coach, you cannot devote quality time to everyone."

On Abhinav Bindra, he said, "Both Bindra and Gagan Narang are geniuses. There are very few like them in the world."