ISSF World Cup | Pool of Indian shooters is widening, says former India coach Lazlo Szucsak

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ISSF World Cup | Pool of Indian shooters is widening, says former India coach Lazlo Szucsak

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SportsCafe Desk

02/28/2019

Former India coach Lazlo Szucsak is of the opinion that the situation of shooting India is seeing a positive change with the widening of the pool of shooters in the country. The reputed coach has noticed one important thing in India and that is the lack of depth in women’s rifle 3 Position.

Lazlo Szucsak trained Indian shooters like Anjali Bhagwat, Abhinav Bindra, Tejaswini Sawant, Gagan Narang in two phases, once from 1998 to 2000 and again from 2004 to 2009. He had also played an instrumental role in the development of the sport back then and is very impressed to see the progress on the Indian shooting circuit at the current stage.  

“I keep checking the home page of the federation. The change [from his time in the last decade] is very huge because the pool is widening with a big stream of talent, the contest is high and it is producing tough competitors. The Indian shooting situation is very good now, probably the best in the world at the moment,” Szucsak told Scroll.in during the ISSF World Cup in Delhi.

He was at the event as the coach of the Hungary shooting contingent that had travelled to India for the World Cup but had noticed a few things lacking on the Indian shooting circuit as well. 

“The problem is that the selection goes by air rifle and best air rifle shooters don’t have the ambition to shoot 50m, which is bad. The Indian team has good air rifle shooters but the same talent is lacking in the small bore event, and especially on women’s side, it is a little bit weak. You have Anjum [Moudgil], who is good but the others are not so powerful,” the former India coach said.

“The best air rifle shooters have to start small bore shooting. India is thinking we have enough money to bring separate shooters. But that is wrong because the best shooters are selected for air rifle and second line for small bore, who are not as powerful. This is one thing I think India has to change a little.”

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