India’s first foreign coach for women boxers resigns

Indian women’s boxing’s first foreign coach, Stephane Cottalorda, has ended his stint abruptly after just one month in India, alleging delay in salary and other payments. Cottalorda has claimed in his resignation letter that he hasn’t been paid his salary for the first month in full and has also cited ‘lack of professionalism’ on part of Boxing Federation of India (BFI) as his reasons for not coming back to India.

BFI claimed it is keen on continuing its association with Cottalorda and has not accepted his resignation as yet. “The BFI has great respect for all the three foreign coaches, including Mr Stephane Cottalorda, and is very keen on continuing our association with him. We believe that he can herald a new chapter in women’s boxing and we look forward to a long and successful journey together. Regarding unsubstantiated stories in the media regarding his salary, we would like to state that the salary of all our coaches is released by the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

The 41-year-old French coach is currently back in Paris with his family after he travelled there from Ireland on the completion of a camp for the women pugilists. Cottalorda goes on to add in his resignation letter that he has not even been reimbursed for the visa expenses he incurred before coming to India. Five-time world champion and an Olympic bronze-medallist MC Mary Kom was disappointed at Cottalorda’s resignation. “I am quite shocked. Speaking as an athlete, I can only say that he had been an excellent addition to the camp. It was our responsibility to take care of his requirements.

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