Gergely Kiss trains Sri Lankan water polo players
Three-time Olympic champion Gergely Kiss (HUN) is taking an exotic tour: he’s currently in Sri Lanka to hold a three-week series of training sessions for the local water polo players.
The Hungarian left-hander, aged 37 but still playing at club level, was busy with the national team during the summers between 1996 and 2012, but afterwards he was keen to play in summer leagues.
Last season he joined an Asian club in Kuwait for their Champions League campaign and after a game the Sri Lankan participants joined him on the stands.
“First they just asked common photos, but after a while we started to chat and they were really enthusiastic to learn more on water polo,” said Kiss to fina.org.
“They requested a training programme for a week. I replied it’s not that simple to give it right here but promised to stay in contact with them. They soon asked whether I could come over and lead their practices,” he added.
They managed to agree on the terms and timing of Kiss’ visit to Sri Lanka so the legendary leftie who – as a highlight of his illustrious career – scored four goals in the 2004 Olympic final, is ready to uplift the local water polo.
Gergerly Kiss in action - credit: deepbluemedia.photoshelter.com
“I put together a good programme, we will have physical preparations in the morning, tactics and teamwork in the afternoon. Since the local players are smaller than the usual gladiators of our sport, not to mention myself, I have to adjust the practices a bit,” explained the 2-meter tall player, who weighs 110kg.
On his contribution to Sri Lankan water polo, Kiss said: “I love helping them. To involve and train more and more developing nations will make our sport grow bigger and much better.”