India’s first foreign coach for women boxers resigns

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Sep 2017 09:26:28


 

NEW DELHI,

INDIA’S first ever foreign coach for women boxers—Stephane Cottalorda—has resigned within a month of taking over, complaining of delay in salary payment and lack of professionalism in the national federation.
The 41-year-old Frenchman, who took over in August, e-mailed his resignation to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), saying that he could no longer wait for the fulfillment of promises made to him.


“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 a strongly-worded resignation, a copy of which is with PTI.


Cottalorda alleged that he repeatedly communicated his concerns to the federation, which did not act on them.
“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.

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TOP Indian woman boxer MC Mary Kom says coach Stephane Cottalorda’s resignation has left her shocked and she would try to convince him on reconsidering it.
“It was our responsibility to take care of his requirements. I hope he comes back, in fact, I will personally try to convince him on coming back,” said the boxer, who is also a government observer for the sport.


Cottalorda alleged that he repeatedly communicated his concerns to the federation, which did not act on them.
The federation, on its part, asserted that most of Cottalorda’s demands have been met and they would try and persuade him to come back. Ironically, his initial arrival itself was delayed by over a month owing to some procedural issues.


Besides being an experienced coach for women boxers in France, which earned him a three-star rating from the International Boxing Association, Cottalorda has also been a certified coach in the AIBA Pro-Boxing and the World Series of Boxing.


When asked if he would be open to reconsidering his decision, Cottalorda said, “I do not have any confidence in the system. I must do what is best for my family.”
Cottalorda, also a member of the European Boxing Confederation’s (EUBC) Coaches Commission, had travelled with the Indian women’s team for a training trip to Ireland last month.


He had decided to head back to France at the conclusion of the trip as he was unhappy with the delay in the disbursement of his salary.
His resignation comes as a blow to the women’s team, which is gearing up for the Asian Championships in November in Vietnam.
“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.”