Legendary shotgun shooter Russell Mark has confirmed that his talks with the Indian sports authorities to coach the country’s national team are dragging on because of which he has had to cancel his flight from Australia to New Delhi as “nothing had been sorted yet”.
There are reports that Mark — the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games gold medallist and 2000 Sydney Games silver medallist in Men’s Double Trap — and his wife, Lauryn — a skeet shooter — have been negotiating with Indian sports authorities for the job of trap coach and High Performance Manager for shotgun.
The duo was scheduled to arrive in India this week to oversee the National Selection Trials to select the squad for the prestigious Shotgun World Championship in Croatia in September. But the 58-year-old Mark, in an exclusive chat with indianshooting.com, said that he was cancelling his scheduled flight to New Delhi on Friday.
In reply to a question as to whether it was true that he was cancelling his scheduled flight to India, Mark, who was Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Rathore’s coach for a long time, said, “We are not coming to India on Friday. Yes, that’s true. There are clearly no secrets in India.”
Probed further on whether there were issues with their contracts, in terms of how the salaries would be paid, the legendary marksman said, “I can’t comment on that stuff. Hopefully we will sort something out, but nothing has been sorted yet. You probably need them to explain,” added Russell.
The husband-wife duo had a fine start last month when they took the Indian Men’s Trap Team to silver at the World Cup in Lonato, Italy.