Country’s premier archer Roman Shana will receive a grant of USD 5,000 from World Archery’s exclusive COVID-19 fund for archers who had qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
‘Roman Shana will get USD 5,000 grant from World Archery as a he had qualified for the Tokyo Olympics,’ Bangladesh Archery Federation general secretary Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed Chapal told New Age on Monday.
Chapal also informed that the global governing body of archery was providing this aid only to the archers who had qualified for the Tokyo Olympics and were not providing any grant to federations.
Shana, the first-ever archer from Bangladesh to qualify for Olympics, knew about his selection for the grant but did not know about the amount.
‘I did not know about the amount of grant. It’s good news and now life will become easier for me amid the current situation as I needed to spend around Tk 5,000 every month for my mother’s medication,’ Shana told New Age over the phone from his home in Khulna.
Some 122 archers submitted applications out of which 40 were accepted for the second phase of assessment.
Following evaluation by the selection committee, 35 athletes from 19 countries and four continents were selected for the grant.
Applicants were required to complete a number of requirements, such as competing internationally in 2018 or 2019, prove they had lost significant income and explain how they would spend the money.
Each archer’s recent results and the availability of funds were also taken into account.
‘I applied last month [June] with the help of coach [Martin Frederick]. I am lucky that they selected me. I will spend the largest amount of the grant for my game,’ said Shana, who is currently ranked 14th in the world.
Bangladesh Archery federation is planning to resume the camp in August, informed Chapal.
Earlier on May 21, the International Olympics Committee deferred the Tokyo Games for a year to July, 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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