All members of the Bangladesh archery team for the Archery World Cup stage-three will get vaccinated against Covid-19 before leaving for France, said an Archery team official on Saturday.
Bangladesh were scheduled to leave for Paris today but now the team will leave on June 16 after taking the first jab of the vaccine as the International Olympic Committee made it mandatory for all participants.
‘National Olympic Committee of Bangladesh is working on vaccinating all team members on June 9 or 10,’ archery team assistant coach Ziaul Haque told New Age.
Zia also informed that the World Archery authority has exempted Bangladesh archers from quarantining in Paris as they have been in quarantine at the Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master Stadium in Tongi since returning home on May 25 from the Archery World Cup Stage-two in Switzerland.
‘The World Archery informed us that we will not be needed to remain in quarantine in France. So the decision has been changed. We will fly for France by June 16 as we have to report there on June 17,’ Zia said.
Zia also informed that the archers will take their second dose of Covid-19 vaccine after returning from France.
Archery World Cup stage-three will be held in Paris from June 21 to 27 where the Bangladesh archers will compete in the recurve events — men’s team, women’s team and women’s individual — in a bid qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
The eight-member Bangladesh team is comprised of four male – Ruman Shana, Ram Krishna Shaha, Hakim Ahmed Rubel, Abdur Rahman Alif – and four female – Diya Siddiqui, Nasrin Akter, Beauty Roy and Mahanaz Akter Monera.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Olympic Association secretary-general Syed Shahed Reza also informed that all Bangladeshi athletes who will take part in the Tokyo Olympics will take the first shots of Covid-19 vaccine this week.
‘Not only the archers all the other athletes who will take part in the Olympics and still did not take vaccine will get vaccinated. The vaccination will start in this week,’ Reza told New Age.
Among the Bangladeshi athletes, only archer Shana directly qualified for Tokyo Olympics in the recurve men’s individual event while four other athletes’, shooter Abdullah Hel Baki, runner Zahir Raihan and two swimmers Ariful Islam and Junaina Ahmed confirmed their entry through wildcards.
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