HEAD COACH OF KAZAKH WEIGHTLIFTING TEAM WANTS TO RESIGN
Astana. August 6. Interfax-Kazakhstan - Alexei Ni, the head coach of the Kazakh national weightlifting team, believes the world will not forgive him for the success of the Kazakhs at the London Olympics.
"I think they will not forgive us for the four gold medals [in weightlifting]. The world will not forgive me for what we did here in London. I can feel it by the way foreigners are congratulating us. I feel that these congratulations are made through clenched teeth," Ni said in an interview with Kazakhstan television on Monday.
"It will be better for Kazakhstan if I leave. I have become an odious figure. I have been at five Olympics and 15 world championships. I think I should give way to the young," the coach said.
In the meantime, the national teams directorate of the Kazakh sports reserve said it is too early to comment on Ni's statement. "It's very difficult to comment now. We have to hear his reasons and conclusions as to why he has decided to resign when he arrives," Alexei Kryuchkov, deputy director of the national teams directorate of the Kazakh sports reserve, told a press conference in Astana on Monday.
"Coaches often say they plan to finish their career for some emotional or other reasons, but continue working after getting some rest and replenishing their energy. For this reason, it is too early to draw conclusions. Let's wait for his arrival," Kryuchkov said.
Kazakhstan has won six gold medals in the 2012 London Olympics.
The 30th Olympics began in London on July 27 and will end on August 12.