Swimmers eye improved show in SA Games

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 18,2019


Bangladesh swimming team members for the forthcoming South Asian Games pose for a photograph at the Bangladesh Navy headquarters in Dhaka on Sunday. — Courtesy photo

Bangladesh swimming team were hoping to elevate their performance and bring home medals before leaving for Nepal on Sunday to take part in the 13th South Asian Games scheduled to be held from December 1 to 10.

Bangladesh swimming team comprising of 22 swimmers, 13 male and nine female, boarded a Kathmandu bound flight on Sunday night at the Hazrat Shahjalal international airport in Dhaka.

Sonia Akhter Tumpa, who bagged two bronze medals in 200m butterfly and 4x100m relay and finished fourth in 100m butterfly in 2016 SA Games in India, was hoping for even bigger success in this year’s meet.

‘I started my training for SA Games from last July. This time I will compete in the 50m and 200m butterfly and 100m freestyle. I am most focused on 200m butterfly. This time I am hopping for success in 200m,’ Tumpa told New Age just before leaving for Nepal with the Bangladesh contingent.

Ariful Islam, who has been under an Olympic solidarity scholarship program in Rouen, France since September last year, was hoping to implement his training in the SA Games, where he will take part in three events– 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke.

‘I am hoping for something better. I have had one year and three months training in France. In the last week, I competed in Village Competition in the 50m event. You can hope something better, let’s see, what can I do,’ said 21-year old Ariful.    

Young British born Bangladeshi swimmer Junaina Ahmed, who set two new national records in the 200m women’s freestyle and 200m women’s breaststroke events in the 29th National Swimming Competition in March, will fly from UK to directly join with the team on November 29.

Japanese coach Yorikazu Tamayama’s charges left home 15 days before the start of the regional mega event to have a High Altitude Training in 25m pool in Nepal. 

The swimming competition will be held at the Satdobato in Kathmandu from December 5 to 9.  

In the last SA Games, Bangladesh had most success in swimming as Mahfuza Khatun Shila bagged two gold medals in 50m and 100m breaststroke while other swimmers secured 15 bronze.

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