M.K.PATHAK, the Coach of Jharkhand Team and was the Coach of Indian Team at many international events and is the only qualified Level -1Coach (with 88% marks) in India. He obtained his gradation from Malaysian Lawn Bowls Federation.
Sri Pathak works for State Bank of India and is posted at its Ranchi branch. He started providing Coaching to Jharkhand players from Dec. 2005. Till now the Jharkhand Boys and girls have won as many as 15 – GOLD, 09 – SILVER & 02- BRONZE MEDALS at National Level Championships out of total 26 Medal competitions at National Level. (1st Federation Cup National – 6 Gold Medals 3 Silver & 1 Bronze out of maximum 10 Gold Medals, 1st National Championship 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze out of maximum 8 Gold medals, 2nd National Lawn Bowls Championship 6 Gold Medals & 2 Silver Medals out of maximum 8 Gold Medals), However they have won 2 Gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze medals at Asian and Asia Pacific Championships.
What is it that helps Jharkhand players dominate lawn bowling in India?
General secretary of the state’s lawn bowling association Madhukant Pathak came up with an answer.
“In metros such as Calcutta and Delhi, lawn bowling is pursued as a leisure activity. But, for Jharkhand players, this sport promises livelihood. In lawn bowling, they see a chance to gain recognition, maybe clinch a government job,” he said.
Pathak who coaches both Jharkhand and national teams, added the state players practised ceaselessly and waited for national and international competitions.
The national coach pointed out infrastructure boost in the state over the last few years had contributed to better performances.
“Earlier, our players practised at Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Morabadi. But ever since we set up a lawn bowls facility in Namkum, the players are practising regularly. The free facility is open to all. So, interested persons from all backgrounds are encouraged to give lawn bowls a try,” he said, adding bowling outfits should work towards introducing the sport in schools and universities so that it gains popularity.