Bangladeshi archers are set to return to action after almost a four-month break due to coronavirus pandemic when their training camp will begin at the Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master Stadium in Tongi from early August.
‘Archers will start the camp after Eid [Eid-ul-Azha]. We are expecting to get clearance from the ministry tomorrow [Thursday] or soon after Eid,’ Bangladesh Archery Federation secretary Kazi Razib Uddin Ahmed Chapal told New Age on Wednesday.
Bangladesh’s 24 archers were on practice in Tongi under German coach Martin Frederick before the BAF suspended the camp on March 24 due to the pandemic following a one-year postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games.
Country’s top archer Ruman Shana was delighted to hear the news as he needs to practice a lot before his campaign in the men’s recurve single event of the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021.
Shana will also be the part of Bangladesh’s recurve team to compete in the 15th Hyundai Archery World Cup in 2021 where Bangladeshi archers will fight with an aim to finish one of the top-four teams in the third stage to avail another quota-place for the Olympics.
The first stage of the Archery World Cup will be held in Guatemala from April 19-25 before the second stage in Shanghai, China from May 17-23 and the third and final stage in Paris, France, from June 22-27.
‘Yes, if we do well in France, we have chances [to qualify for Olympics] in the team recurve event,’ said Chapal.
Apart from his individual practice, Shana also wanted to be prepared well for a tough fight in the World Aarchery in France to utilise another chance of filling a place for Bangladesh in the recurve team event of Olympics.
‘It would be a history if we can qualify for the team [recurve] event of Olympics. We have to finish among top-four teams in the third stage [World Archery],’ said Shana.
‘We know, there would be a tough fight but we will try hard to make it. We have a long time for preparation. Let’s see what we can do,’ he added.
The 25-year old Shana, qualified for Tokyo Olympics as the first Bangladeshi archer when he beat Sjef Van Den Berg of the Netherlands by 6-2 set points in the in the quarter-finals of teh 2019 World Archery Championship.
He lost to Khairul Anuar Mohamad of Malaysia by 3-7 set points in the semi-finals to secure a bronze medal.
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