Boxing coach Stephane Cottalorda steps down after salary delay

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Boxing coach Stephane Cottalorda steps down after salary delay

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Stephane Cottalorda, the first foreign coach for Indian women boxers, has resigned after his wages for August were delayed. Cottalorda, who has been in charge for one month, has sent an email to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and mentioned his disappointment over lack of professionalism.

Cottalorda decided to resign from his post after just a month as he didn’t get his wages for the month of August. The 41-year-old e-mailed his resignation letter to the BFI and in the strongly worded letter criticized the federation for their lack of professionalism. 

"I think I have been patient enough, it's been a week since I returned to France. None of you would take the risk of crossing the earth with his family by not having any guarantee on his future. None of you would agree to work without wage guarantee and/or with delays," Cottalorda wrote in resignation, reported PTI.

The Frenchman claimed that he had informed the Federation about his concerns but they didn’t act on them which forced him to take the drastic step.

"Despite my e-mails and requests, I note that I still have not received all my salary for the month of August. In addition, I have no accommodation or any guarantee concerning this one as well as the payment of the expenses," he added.

"For all these reasons, which testify to a lack of professionalism and seriousness, I would not return to India anymore. Nevertheless, I wish you good results at the Asian championships."

The Federation, however, said that most of Cottalorda’s demands were fulfilled and they would try to convince him to change his mind. They even added that they delay in processing a PAN card request for the Frenchman led to hold up in the salary.

"70 per cent of his salary has already been paid, his house agreement has been worked out. We have met most of his demands and we will try to talk him into taking back his decision," a top BFI official explained.

"The problem lay in the delay in getting a PAN card for him, which in turn delayed the payments. We tried explaining to him that it was a procedural issue but he was not accustomed to such delays."

In a historic step for Indian boxing, Cottaorlda had become the first-ever foreign coach who was hired to train the country’s women boxers. Cottaorlda, AIBA three-star coach, had been signed up for a two-year contract. 

When the 41-year-old, who is a member of the European Boxing Confederation’s coaches commission, was asked whether he would reconsider his decision, he replied, "I do not have any confidence in the system. I must do what is best for my family."

"In my last mail I explained that the resolution of these problems would condition my return to India. I might come to India during the youth world championships in Guwahati, but with the French team. Everybody tells me it is the Indian system. But in Europe if you have a job, you are paid for it. If you don't get results, the contract is stopped."

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