Monday, July 21, 2008

Aleksey Yefremov ,New Indian Coach

table tennisSports Authority of India has appointed, 33-year-old Belarusian Aleksey Yefremov as, National table tennis coach. He has to take charge of the Indian paddlers, and will focus on preparing the players for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. In his view the Indian players are very talented but their poor physique lets them down most of the times .The players do not lack talent, the thing to focus about is physique and stamina building.

He said that Indian players are best in the world especially the women athletes and making them perform on the international platform is his greatest challenge.

Having had a fair idea about the country’s talent pool after watching the team and individual events at the 69th National Championship in Siliguri (Assam) recently, Yefremov said the Indian players scored poorly when it came to their physique and tactical planning. “These two aspects are essential if one has to succeed internationally,” he said. “My efforts mainly will be to ensure improvement in these two areas,” the coach added.

Yefremov has a huge task on his hand. He has to first help India improve its position in the forthcoming World Team Championships (Guangzhou, China, February 24 to March 2) and then successfully guide it through the Beijing Olympics qualifiers (March 6-11).