The two-day long 13th National Summer Athletics Championship will get underway today without making any modern technology available for the athletes, said the officials on Thursday.
Like the past few years, Bangladesh Athletics Federation this time also failed to repair its electronic timing system, leaving the country’s second largest athletics competition a mundane event once again.
The current ad-hoc committee of the federation, which took the charge in March, claimed they tried to restore the system, but due to some unavoidable reasons, they had to depend on outdated hand-timing again.
Moreover, the new office bearers of the federation also decided to start all the run and sprint events with old-fashioned whistle having failed to gain the possession of four starters’ guns from the former general secretary.
Recently the federation filed a general diary with the Paltan Police Station against former general secretary Ibrahim Chengis, alleging that he didn’t hand over important documents and equipment, including starter guns.
Officials said there has been no significant development since the complaint was filed.
‘As per we know that federation has four starter guns but we don’t have any of them with us,’ said federation president ASM Ali Kabir at a press conference on Thursday.
Kabir claimed they tried hard to repair their electronic timing system but due to the shortage of time, they failed to do so.
‘We got very little time to prepare for the competition but we tried our best to repair the system,’ he said.
Kabir promised that the federation would hold the National Athletic Championship in December using all modern technologies, including electronic timer.
Federation general secretary Abdur Rokib Montu admitted that lack of fund also forced them to keep the competition a low-key affair.
‘We wanted Tk 14 lakh from the sponsor but only Tk 5 lakh, which forced us to keep the budget tight,’ he said.
The federation secretary said due to lack of fund they also dropped the idea of giving the winners cash prize along with medals.
‘This is our first competition after taking over the charge. Naturally, you can see some problems. But I can assure you our next competition will be better a one,’ he said.
Over 400 male and female athletes from different divisions, districts, universities, education boards and services teams will take part in 50 different events in the meet.
In one significant development, Bangladesh Krira Sikkha Pratisthan, the breeding ground for many budding talents, decided to skip the meet due to lack of enough athletes.
‘We don’t have enough athletes who can compete at the senior level,’ said BKSP’s athletic coach Motiul Alam.
‘Usually, we prefer to participate in the junior level but often we send our senior students in senior meets. But this time our senior students are busy with their respective exams,’ he said.
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