Now,archery association targets foreign coach

The Archery Association of India,which is looking for a compound coach with the 2010 Commonwealth Games in mind,has invited Australian Peter Feeney

Written by Vinayak Padmadeo | New Delhi | Published:January 20, 2009 12:17 am

The Archery Association of India (AAI),which is looking for a compound coach with the 2010 Commonwealth Games in mind,has invited Australian Peter Feeney to take charge of the national camp on a trial basis. The AAI had appointed Limba Ram has the recurve coach earlier this month.

And while the AAI is keen on Feeney taking up the job,the deal is far from complete. “The camp will be a fair trial for both Feeney and the AAI. He will get to know our archers and if he does well,only then will we sign him,” AAI general secretary Paresh Nath Mukherjee told The Indian Express.

The two-week long camp is scheduled to be held in Kolkata from February 1,and Feeney is set to reach India by the end of this month.

Oddly though,even before Feeney has set foot in India,voices of dissent against the impending appointment are being raised. Dronacharya awardee Sanjeeva Singh feels that,given a choice,India should go for an American coach. “US and Canadian archers are the world champions in compound so we should get an American coach,” he said. “Having said that,we should give Feeney a chance before commenting on his credentials.”

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