The internal conflict between two groups of administrators has left country’s weightlifters facing a bleak future, players and officials of the Bangladesh Weightlifting Federation said on Wednesday.
The federation did not send promising lifters Mabia Akter Simanta, Jahura Akrer Reshma and Mostain Billah in the Commonwealth Senior, Junior and Youth Weightlifting Championship held in Malaysia last month despite giving an entry for them due to the conflict.
The current ad hoc committee also didn’t send any lifter in the ongoing Asian Youth & Junior Weightlifting Championships in Tokyo, Japan and also preferred not to send any lifter in the upcoming 4th International Qatar Cup scheduled to be held in next month in Qatar.
‘We are in serious uncertainty over our career,’ South Asian Games gold medallist Simanta told New Age on Wednesday.
‘We have become victims of officials’ power struggle in the federation. Our only wish is to continue our game but due to unwanted situation we failed to continue our regular training.’
SA Games bronze medallist Zahura Akter Reshma blasted both parties who are engaged in the power struggle.
‘We saw a former general secretary has regularly been taking part in international tournaments as judge,’ said Reshma. ‘The current officials also don’t have any concern about our future. We are the only victim for that situation.’
The trouble began on June 9 when the National Sport Council removed long-serving general secretary, wing commander (retd) Mohiuddin Ahmed and replaced the executive body with an ad hoc committee.
The Asian Weightlifting Federation in a letter on October 29 said they will not allow any Bangladeshi weightlifters in upcoming international events until an elected committee takes over the charge of the federation.
Kajal Dutta, a joint secretary of current committee, blamed former general secretary Mohiuddin for influencing the Asian body to take such a decision.
‘It was a conspiracy by Mohiuddin, who influenced AWF to issue such a letter.’
Kajal also blamed Mohiuddin for keeping the federation gymnasium locked which he said denied the lifters’ training opportunities.
‘We even don’t know the number of equipment stored there. We requested him several times to unlock it but he did not pay any heed,’ he said.
Mohiuddin could not be reached for comments as he is currently in Japan serving as a jury in Asian Youth & Junior Weightlifting Championships, but Faruk Sarker Kajal, who served as a member in Mohiuddin-led committee defended the former general secretary.
‘I don’t think it is possible that someone can influence the Asian body this way,’ he said. ‘Rather the current informed the Asian Weightlifting Federation that they are running the federation in ad hock basis and after that they imposed the ban against Bangladesh,’ he said.
NSC, sports regulatory body, expressed its concern over the whole situation.
‘We are very much concerned over the whole situation,’ NSC secretary Ashoke Kumar Biswash told New Age.
‘We asked the current ad hoc committee to start election process as soon as possible otherwise we have to think differently,’ he said.
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