Indian Boxing Federation wants Cuban coach Fernandez back for boxers

first_imgHappy with his contribution and rapport with the top boxers, the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) is keen to extend its association with Cuban coach Blas Iglesias Fernandez, whose contract expired after London Olympics.Fernandez, who has been working with Indian boxers for more than 20 years now, barring a few breaks in between, has prepared the likes of Vijender Kumar and Mary Kom for the Olympics.IBF wants to gain from the Cuban’s expertise again and is considering recommending his name to the Sports Authority of India (SAI).”The federation is most likely to recommend Fernandez’s name for the post of foreign coach. He has brought us good results in major competitions, including the Olympics, and the boxers are quite comfortable working under him,” an IBF official told MAIL TODAY on condition of anonymity.”We will request SAI to ask the Cuban Sports Authority for the re-appointment of Fernandez,” said the official.For the appointment of a foreign coach, the concerned national federation conveys its preference to the SAI, which in return writes to the sports authorities of the respective nations.If the sports authority of that country agrees to the terms and conditions spelt out by the SAI, it sends the foreign coach on a contract to India.The IBF official, however, said that the federation can also ask for coaches other than Fernandez.”At a time we give three or four options to the SAI. So, it will not only be Fernandez whose name will be given, there may be two or three other options,” he said.advertisementThe federation is yet to decide when it will recommend Fernandez’s name to the SAI, but most likely it will be after the IBF elections, scheduled for September 23.”Since elections are approaching, the new panel can recommend the options. But the outgoing panel has also full right to take a decision,” he said.Fernandez will leave for his native country by the end of this month. If he gets a new contract subsequently, he will likely work with the team till the end of the 2014 Asian Games.last_img

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