Alida Sikder, the USA-born athlete, put Bangladesh in an awkward situation by leaving Baku, Azerbaijan without taking part in the long jump event of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games on Thursday.
Alida informed her decision of skipping the event only hours before the schedule that left Bangladesh officials dejected as they were hoping for her to a give a good show in the event.
Earlier on Tuesday, Alida pulled herself out of 100-metre sprint event citing jet leg.
Alida told the officials of the Bangladesh Athletics Federation that she wanted to focus more on the long jump event which was why she decided to skip the 100-metre sprint.
Nurul Fazal Bulbul, chef de mission of the Bangladesh contingent, said they repeatedly requested Alida to take part in the competition but she was adamant with her decision.
‘We tried to convince her repeatedly but she didn’t listen to us,’ Bulbul told reporters on Wednesday night.
‘She claimed that she was suffering from stomach problem that’s why she wanted to quit but doctor didn’t find any major problems in her stomach.
‘I have already put everything in my report what happened over the issue and will take strong steps after returning to Bangladesh.’
Athletics Federation officials also expressed their disappointment over Alida’s withdrawal decision.
‘It was really unfortunate,’ BAF president ASM Ali Kabir told New Age on Thursday.
‘We had high hopes on her but she disappointed everyone. I actually don’t know what was the actual reason but I learnt that she felt sick after arriving in Baku.’
Earlier both Bangladesh Olympic Association and federation had put their faith on Alida disregarding country’s fastest women Shirin Akter for the meet.
The federation did not even arrange any trial to judge Alida’s performances before including her in Bangladesh contingent.
‘It was a great lesson for us,’ Kabir admitted.
‘We have to be more cautious before taking this kind of decisions in future.’
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