Asian Athletics Association president Dahlan Al-Hamad on Friday promised Bangladesh support for the development of country’s athletics.
Al-Hamad, also the senior vice-president of International Association of Athletics Federation, is now in Dhaka on a three-day long visit.
The Qatari met local media at an official press conference on Friday after inaugurating the 41st National Athletics Championships at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Al-Hamad said he would recommend the AAA to provide an athletic track to Bangladesh as the Qatari government agreed to present AAA two athletic tracks for its developing countries.
He also promised to give technical support to Bangladesh Athletic Federation.
‘Bangladesh needs a lot of help in terms of facilities. I do believe I can allocate a track in Bangladesh in near future because track is needed for the athletes,’ said Al-Hamad.
‘Not only track, the athletes also need equipment’s to develop themselves. From our side, we are subsiding Bangladesh and it is not donation. It is our duty to deliver.
‘We will send some instructors here [Bangladesh] to train them. Also send some coaches [instructors] here to train the assistant coaches.’
Al-Hamad said that he was impressed with the enthusiasm of Bangladesh Athletic Federation to develop their standard.
‘I, the president of AAA and VP of IAAF, it is an honour for me to see one of our member countries really try to stand up and fight against odds,’ he said.
‘My ambition and objective is to see that Bangladeshi athletes become champions in Asia and World championships. This will not be a difficult job because I know how dedicated the Bangladeshi people are.’
Bangladesh Athletic Federation president ASM Ali Kabir said they will request AAA president to support them for running their newly inaugurated Sheikh Kamal Athletics Academy.
‘We will give him a formal proposal of three things. First, we will seek technical and technological support to make our academy self-reliant,’ said Kabir.
‘Then we will try to convince them [AAF] to install a Regional Development Centre to educate coaches and judges.
‘And thirdly, we will ask assistance for a combined training programme for the next five years for the athletes, coaches, judges and officials.’
Al-Hamad will leave Dhaka this morning.
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