By Erin Greene on 27/02/14 at 3:56 pm
The first 2014 Asian sport development project took place in the “Center of Asia” - Colombo, Sri Lanka. A total of 14 coach candidates from the Maldives, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Singapore took part in a four day coaching course. The seminar was held under the guidance of Canadian Luc Morin, ITU Level 3 facilitator and Eugene Lee, from Singapore, who assisted in the delivery of the course.
Mr. Hermasiri Fernado, president of the Sri Lanka Olympic Committee, also reinforced his support for Sri Lanka Triathlon.
“I am certain that this course not only provided the opportunity for our coaches to upgrade their knowledge, but also helped our sports ministry and NOC understand our sport better,” said Sam Wickramasinghe, Secretary General of Sri Lanka Triathlon.
Luc Morin facilitated the introduction and development of concepts and their purposes in training. “I believe South Asian countries have huge potential to develop triathlon. Coaches are the first to build a solid foundation for our sport development in their countries.”
Eugene Lee added, “We engaged the coaches to find possible solutions that could assist with sport development limitations when they returned back; to value add to their federations.”
Ki, ASTC Sports Development Coordinator, said “we created a stepping stone to develop our sport in South Asia through this course. We will work with related federations to make sure these participants continue to develop.
The next sport development project in Asia will be the Sport Development Camps in India, Iran, and Thailand, from March 8 to 19th.