Youth boxers` coach wants to quit due to lack of incentives
New Delhi: He has just guided the Indian team to a gold and a silver at the World Youth Boxing Championships but instead of celebrating the success, coach G Manoharan is contemplating quitting the job.
Manoharan, who has been India`s junior and youth coach since 2006 and has given fine results during his tenure, says the Sports Authority of India (SAI) is neither offering him job security nor the financial incentives to continue.
"I have been with the team since 2006 but was given a contract by SAI only in 2007. That too is renewed on an yearly basis. So I don`t have a permanent job. I don`t mind that but at least they should hike my pay after good international results," Manoharan told reporters.
"I am not saying that pay me just like that. But I have the results to show. I have to sustain a family and with a salary of Rs 15,000 and all the travelling that I do, it`s not possible. I have to think of other options," the Olympian, who has also been an assistant coach with the senior team, said.
Under Manoharan`s guidance, Thokchom Nanao Singh became the first Indian to be a youth world champion in 2008. The Manipuri then went on to make his mark at the senior level as well by winning a silver at the Asian Championships last year.
In the just-concluded Youth World Championships in Baku Azerbaijan, Vikas Krishan (60kg) fetched a gold and Shiva Thapa (54kg) clinched a silver while two others made the quarterfinals.
"I retired from the army 10 years ago. If SAI doesn`t pay me well, I am open to taking up a job with a security firm also," he said.
Asked is he has ever taken up the matter with SAI, Manoharan said he doesn`t even know who to approach.
"But even if I had known, I just don`t have the time for all this. I have to groom boys in camps which take up almost eight months of a year... what am I supposed to do? Run after officials for a hike or groom my boys?" he said.
Manoharan has also groomed other successful boxers like Commonwealth Games gold medallist Akhil Kumar, Asian bronze winner Jitender Kumar and South Asian Games gold medalist Chhote Lal Yadav in their junior days.