Bangladesh Archery Federation on Saturday made another notable step towards achieving their ultimate goal of winning gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when sponsor City Group increased the amount of their contract.
Last year, the sponsor signed a five-year contract with the federation and told that they would decide the amount for the coming years depending on the progress of the federation’s activity.
City Group, one of the biggest commodity suppliers in local market, raised the annual amount of the contract to Tk 2.20 crore from Tk 1.80 crore that they had paid last year to run the Teer ‘Go for Gold’ programme.
‘Last year we spent Tk 1.80 crore in different programmes, including the talent hunt programme,’ said Soaib Mohammad Asaduzzaman, executive director of Teer during a press conference on Saturday.
‘We found some notable success by the national team and the federation also hosted a fruitful talent hunt programme since our involvement with the programme in October last year.’
The Teer official also said that they had set eight benchmarks for the archers when they started the programme and most of them had been fulfilled, prompting sponsor raising the amount of money.
‘We set eight benchmarks for the archers and they achieved five among them, which was really satisfactory for us,’ Asaduzzaman said.
‘In the second year we will not go for the talent hunt programme rather we want to develop the budding archers who have been picked from the talent hunt programme,’ he said, adding that they also have plan to finance some events this year.
Federation general secretary Kazi Razibuddin Ahmed Chapal was happy with the development of the game in the last one year.
‘It is crystal clear for everyone that we made some notable development’, said Chapal.
‘In the previous two editions of the South Asian Archery Championship we failed to win any gold medal, but in this year’s Championship we won six gold medals.
‘Our archers also did very well in the Islamic Solidarity Archery Championship. Now our target is to show our improvement in the Asian Games. We would be satisfied if we reach the quarter-final stage in the Asian Games.’
Chapal said that they hosted the talent hunt programme in 12 districts with the participation of 3,000 archers.
‘We picked 24 talented archers from 3,000 participants and they had been training for the last few days with national team players in Tongi,’ Chapal said.
‘Our foreign coach [Martin Fredrick] will look after the budding archers who are the future of our country.’
Bangladesh archery team’s German coach Fredrick also praised the federation and the sponsor for holding the talent hunt
The coach, who took the charge in October, last year, said that they had no medal hope from the Asian Games.
‘Please be realistic as there are many strong countries in Asia. If you see the Olympic Games, World Cup, World Championship, the most success came with the archers from Asian countries like Korea, China and Chinese Taipei,’ said the coach.
‘So at the moment we
expect good performance but not medal.’
‘But in the South Asian Games [next year] I expect to see some good moment. At the moment Indian archers are the main medal contenders as they are one of the top nations in archery in the world but we also have some quality archers like Ruman Shana, Ety Khatun and Ashim Kumar, who got the ability to fight with the Indian archers.’
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