The third edition of the South Asian Archery Championships will begin at the BKSP after 10-year gap on Saturday.
Bangladesh hosted the first edition of the championships 12 years back in 2006 while Indian city of Jamshedpur hosted the second edition in 2008 before the competition took an unexpected break.
Bangladesh Archery Federation officials said lack of infrastructure and interest from other South Asian countries took the tournament to halt before they came to its rescue.
Sri Lanka was scheduled to host the third edition in 2010 but they declined as the country had infrastructure to organize such an event, said Bangladesh Archery Federation general secretary Kazi Razibuddin Ahmed.
A total of 63 archers including 37 male and 26 female from hosts Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal will vie for 10 gold medals in Recurve and Compound events.
Bangladesh’s German coach Martin Frederick, who took charge of the team just a month ago, is expected to announce the final squad today.
Ruman Sana, one of the main archers of Bangladesh, hoped to win gold medal in the championships.
Sana recently performed exceptionally well in two trial competitions by scoring 342 and 334 out of 360 points.
‘I’m really satisfied with my recent performances. Our German coach was also impressed with my performances,’ Sana told New Age on Thursday.
‘If I can carry on my recent form in the championship, then I have a bright chance to win a gold medal.
‘But I still don’t know much about the Indian team, who I think will be our main opponent.’
Bangladesh Archery Federation general secretary Razibuddin believed that the local archers have prepared well under the guidance of Martin Frederick.
‘In the first two editions our archers were novice, but now they have improved a lot,’ Chapal said.
‘I can’t guarantee that they will win a gold medal but hope that they have the ability to fight for it.’
BKSP will provide the accommodation and food to the participating archers which will end on March 27.
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