Bangladesh Shooting Sports Federation will begin its long-term training camp for the national shooters today with an aim to earn significant success in future, especially in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Initially the BSSF called a total of 30 rifles and pistol shooters, including 16 male and 14 female for the first phase of the camp, which would be held for the next three months.
The federation will then trim the numbers of the shooters based on their performances.
BSSF appointed two high profile coaches in December last year, hoping that they prepare the shooters for success in different international meets.
Of the coaches, Montenegrin pistol coach Marko Sokic arrived in Dhaka on Thursday and would begin the camp with 14 pistol shooters, including seven male and as many as female shooters.
Though Danish rifle coach Christensen Klavs will arrive late on January 13, the federation asked the 16 rifle shooters to report to the local coaches today.
BSSF chief operating officer Mushtaque Waiz explained the details of the programme.
‘We set a target of achieving a direct entry in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games,’ Waiz told New Age on Thursday.
‘Initially the coaches will work with the 10-metre rifle and 10-metre pistol shooters and gradually we will add some other events depending on the availability of talented shooters.
‘We have a deal with the coaches to work at least seven to eight months in a year, which I think should be enough to build a strong team,’ he said.
Bangladesh national shooting team will take part in the Shooting World Cup scheduled to be held in New Delhi, India next month.
Officials hoped that the training camp will also help the coaches to pick the best possible shooters for the meet.
‘Rifle shooting is our main strength which is why we will form the team for the World Cup based on the shooters’ performance in the camp’, said Waiz
‘Klavs and Sokic will make the final squad after watching the shooters in the training camp.’
BSSF also wished to get some new talents from the forthcoming Youth Championship tournament, scheduled from January 13-16.
‘We also hope we will get some new talents from the forthcoming meet as at least 200 hundred youth shooters is set to participate in the tournament,’ he said.
Abdullah Hel Baki, silver medalist in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, hailed the shooting federation for talking such an initiative.
‘A long desire for us was getting opportunity to take part in a long-term training camp,’ Baki said.
‘I would like to thank the federation for giving us such an opportunity under two high-profile coaches.’
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