Russian biathlon from season to season is drowning in internal scandals: between coaches and athletes, experts and members of the coaching staff, fans and biathletes. In the Olympic year, there was another conflict – the coach of the Russian women’s team, Mikhail Shashilov, in an interview with Sports.ru, frankly said that he was tired of biathlon in the country. MK-Sport has chosen the most important thing.
The coaching staff of the Russian biathlon team has decided on the line-ups for the World Cup and the IBU Cup. For the women’s team, a qualifying start was organized in Tyumen, as a result of which many had questions. The main team included those who did not deserve it based on the results of the races in Tyumen – for example, Irina Kazakevich , who took 10th and 15th places in the selection, was taken for the future: in the selection Kazakevich, according to the coaching staff, did not show what only capable of having frostbitten hands. Victoria Slivko was unhappy with the decision of the coaching staff – despite good results in Tyumen, the biathlete was left at the Russian Cup.
As a result of the competition in Tyumen, the coaching staff of the Russian women’s national team faced misunderstanding on the part of honorary biathlon experts: Anfisa Reztsova said that Mikhail Shashilov’s team would shoot the head coach for pulling (despite the fact that her daughter Christina was in the base), and Dmitry Vasiliev once again questioned the professionalism of Shashilov.
And the coach could not resist: in an interview with Sports.ru, Shashilov said that he was ready to leave his post right now. And he also answered critics:
“I don’t understand how it’s possible – they expose me in absentia by someone who is not clear: supposedly I’m not a coach, I threw a blat, a mess … I don’t read it, but the girls read it. Okay, Anfisa Anatolyevna – she is on her own wave, God bless her. And Dima Vasiliev? Guys, come and help! But you betrayed biathlon: you are such stars, you know everything, you can do everything, but for some reason you don’t go to work. Rich Peter, rich Moscow – why are you losing to the beggar Sverdlovsk with a budget of 6 million and “no coach”? “
Shashilov also answered the accusations that Kazakevich got into the base only because she is his student.
“The decision on Kazakevich is general – no one was against her. No one. And in general, when Kazakevich’s candidacy was discussed, I was simply silent – do you believe it or not? “
And, most importantly, Shashilov said that in the spring he would most likely leave the coaching staff of the national team, because he “would hardly want to cook in this mess”. The coach noted that he does not want to lose friends and athletes.
“Am I determined to leave in the spring? Yeah right now. What is happening is just overkill. The people around the team understand what it feels like. When I went here to work, everyone giggled at me: well, go … but why did you go there? After completing the season, at the coaching council, I said: if you want to lose friends, go to coach the national team. “