BOA waits on list of budding talents

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Mar 18,2018 | Updated: 00:15, Mar 18,2018


Hasan Mia (L) of Chittagong and BKSP touches the finishing line of the Bangladesh Youth Games 100-metre boy’s sprint event at the Bangadandhu National Stadium on Friday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Olympic Association asked all the sports federations and technical committees to make a list of the talented athletes who took part in the just concluded Bangladesh Youth Games.
Around 23,000 athletes in 21 disciplines took part in the Games.
The Under-17 age-level meet kicked off from the district levels followed by divisional levels with the participation of 3,473 athletes before it ended with the final phase in Dhaka with 2,660 athletes.
To find out the budding talents, BOA, instructed each federation to select the best athletes for long-term training programme.
‘We asked all the federations to prepare a list of the talented players including all the medal winners and also those who have a bright future,’ BOA deputy secretary general Ashikur Rahman Miku told New Age on Saturday.
‘Beside the federations, we also asked our technical committee to find new talents.
‘We hope the committee will submit their report soon. After getting the reports from the technical committee and the federations, we will decide how we will bring them under long-term training process.’
BOA found that BKSP students dominated most of the individual disciplines in the games as expected.
As a result, they asked all the federations to find out raw talents who have bright future.
‘We allowed the students of BKSP to take part in the competition from their own districts only to give them playing opportunity,’ Miku said.
‘We knew that the students of BKSP would dominate most of the events so we asked the federations to search those athletes who have a good future.’
Among the 14 track and field events of the Games, most of them were dominated by the BKSP athletes.
But BSKP athletics coach Abdullah Hel Kafi hoped that the BOA would also bring those athletes under long-term training programme, who were not from BSKP.
‘We allowed our students to compete for their respective districts,’ Kafi said.
‘But I think it would be better if the BOA or federation pick up those talents, who never got any training facilities like the BKSP students.’
Like track and field events, swimming was also dominated by BKSP and national team players.
Ariful Islam of BKSP clinched the highest five gold medals for Dhaka division from as many events he took part.
Interestingly, Ariful is also a member of Commonwealth Games bound Bangladesh swimming team and he established himself in the senior national level also by winning many medals in last four years.
Veteran swimming coach Amirul Islam, who guided the champions Khulna division in the games, said that competing with the national team players is quite difficult for those swimmers who took part at such level for the first time.
‘I don’t know why the federation allowed national team player in the Games [Youth Games],’ Amirul said.
‘As per I know the BOA organised the games only to find out new talents. But we saw most of the established swimmers competed in different events giving the budding swimmers less opportunity.’

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