• Sunday, October 26, 2014

What good is Gurenko?

Sports Reporter

The Bangladesh Boxing Federation (BBF) had pinned high hopes on the three boxers they sent to the Commonwealth Games and expected that they might reach the semifinals, especially after appointing Ukrainian coach Oleksandr Gurenko, one of four foreign coaches appointed by the Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) as per advice from respective federations.
However, the reality is all the three boxers were eliminated from the first round and Gurenko was not even allowed to stand beside the ring during the competition, as he does not possess a three-star license, as required by the International Boxing Association. So a Sri Lankan coach, who has three-star certification, accompanied the Bangladeshi boxers during their matches.
Now the question has been raised as to why the BOA provided 4000-dollars-per-month for seven months to Gurenko, who was not eligible to instruct his boxers during the matches.
BBF general secretary MA Kuddus Khan, trying to defend his decision to select the Ukrainian coach, said, “There are a lot of good coaches who do not have three star license and Gurenko is one of them.”
Replying to a query, Khan said, “A coach has basically nothing to do when the match gets underway. However, we managed a few three-star licensed coaches during the Games, but we were eliminated from the first round as the opponents were very strong.”

Published: 12:00 am Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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