Bangladeshi archers will vie for seven gold medals in as many events of the inaugural ISSF International Solidarity Archery Championship today as they put some brilliant showing on the penultimate day to reach the final in five events on Sunday.
They joined two team-mates HiraMoni and Bonna Akter, who advanced into the respective finals of the recurve and compound women’s individual events on Saturday at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium.
In recurve men’s team event, Ruman Sana, Sanowar Hossain and Tamimul Islam thrashed Sudan in the semi-final match and set a final clash against Bhutan.
Bangladesh women’s recurve team comprised of Beauty Roy, Shyamoly Roy and Radia Akter Shapla advanced into the final directly as the top ranked side among three teams.
Bangladesh women’s recurve team will face Nepal.
In the recurve mixed team event, Bangladesh’s Ruman Sana and Beauty Roy beat Syria by 4-0 in the semi-final and will face Bhutan in the final.
Bangladesh compound men’s team comprised of Abul Kashem Mamun, Milon Mollah and Nazmul Huda beat Bhutan in the semi-final and will face Malaysia in the final.
The gold medal deciding match of compound mixed event will be held today between Bangladesh and Iraq as there were only two teams participating in the event.
Nishith Das, Indian head coach of Bangladesh team, was hoping to win at least five gold medals in seven finals.
‘We are confident to win at least five finals,’ Nishith told New Age on Sunday.
‘We have bright chance to win in the recurve women’s individual, recurve women’s team, recurve men’s team, recurve mixed and compound mixed gold medals.’
Nishith believed his charges will not give up in the other two finals of compound women’s individual and compound men’s team as well.
‘Bonna showed some brilliant performance in the semi-final and I’m confident that she will try her best in the final against one of the best compound archers of the world, Fatimah of Iraq,’ said Nishith who also praised his charges for their performance.
‘With this tournament we found some great talents including Bonna, HiraMoni and Milon Mollah.
‘I think this tournament also helped the new archers to get some international exposure.’
Nishith, who has been working with the Bangladesh archery for almost eight years as head coach, said this tournament also helped him to form a strong national team for the future events.
‘Bangladesh will host the Asian Championship in November. Before that our archers will take part in different international events including March’s Asian Cup in Thailand and July’s World Cup in Mexico,’ he said.
‘We must consider the performances of this tournament before forming strong national team for the upcoming tournaments.’
Nishith also believed that if the Bangladesh Archery Federation can make a year-long plan with the national team that may help them achieve a medal in Asian Championship.
‘Our archers never won a medal in the Asian Championship.
‘But if we can bring the players under a long-term training then we have a good chance to win a medal in the Asian Championship where archers of over 30 countries will participate.’
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