The four-day-long Bangabandhu 12th National Archery Championship will get underway at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox’s Bazar today.
A total of 148 archers – 98 men and 50 women – from 40 organisations across the country will take part in the recurve and compound divisions of the championship.
The organisers selected the venue in Cox’s Bazar instead of Archery’s dedicated venue Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master Stadium in Tongi so that the archers’ can adapt to playing in windy conditions.
‘Our archers face difficulty to play their normal game in windy conditions in abroad. So we selected the Cox’s Bazar venue where archers will have to play amid windy weather,’ said Bangladesh Archery Federation general secretary Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed Chapal.
‘We expect that it will be be windy during the competition and the archers will have a chance to learn how to overcome difficulties in windy conditions,’ said Chapal when he was talking in a press conference at the Bangladesh Olympic Association auditorium on Sunday.
The recurve division will offer 15 medals – five gold, five silver and five bronze – where 68 male and 30 female archers will compete.
The compound division also offers the same number of medals where 30 men and 20 women will participate.
There will be five events each in recurve and compound divisions - men’s and women’s single, men’s and women’s double and mixed events.
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