Commonwealth silver medalist Shakil Ahmed said on Wednesday that he expected a big improvement in the country’s pistol shooting under South Korean coach Kim IL Young.
“He (Kim) will work targeting the Olympic 2024. He will form a pipeline for the national pistol shooting team and will work to improve our shooting points to 575-580 out of 600. My highest score is 570 so far,” Shakil, who finished eighth in Singapore Open Online Shooting last month, told The Daily Sun.
“I was under his coaching in 2019. I found some big changes in my performances at that time. I took part in several competitions under him though he left Dhaka one or two months before the South Asian Games. I think if he works for three or four years, we will see changes in the national pistol shooting team,” he added.
Kim came to Bangladesh on May 14 and joined the camp on May 22 after a seven-day quarantine. The Shooting federation signed a contract with him until the Olympics 2024 at the Gulshan Shooting Complex on Wednesday.
However, pistol shooters have no chance to take part in the upcoming Olympics this year.
The federation has already proposed the name of four rifle shooters including Abdullah Hel Baki, Shakil Ahmed, Risalatul Islam and Sayeda Atkia Hasan Disha for the Olympics wildcard entry to the national Olympics committee.
National rifle coach Golam Shafiuddin Khan Shiplu believed the two-time commonwealth gold medalist Baki would win the wildcard finally.
“Hopefully, the name of the Olympics participant will come in the first week of June after the ongoing European Shooting Championship. We are expecting Baki to be selected due to his performance in the last four years,” Shiplu said.