No senior official of Bangladesh Olympic Association were present at Belmont Shooting Range in Brisbane to cheer for silver medal winner Abdullah Hel Baki during men’s 10-metre air rifle event on Sunday.
The no-show of BOA officials left the shooters shocked and surprised as they were expecting some support during the only event that had provided them with a medal prospect in the ongoing Commonwealth Games.
Instead of encouraging players from the venue, the sizable number of BOA officials, who came to Gold Coast in different capacities, were spotted in beaches, shopping malls in Australia’s one of the major tourist spots.
Bangladesh’s chef the mission Nazimuddin Chowdhury, also the secretary of the ministry for power, energy and mineral resources, already left Gold Coast citing important government duty and BOA deputy secretary general Ashikur Rahman Miku was given the interim charge.
But Miku left the shooting range just before the final of Baki’s event started.
‘We are really surprised not to see any BOA officials during the final of the event,’ said Bangladesh Shooting Sports Federation secretary general Intekhabul Hamid.
‘I don’t know why they left the range even knowing that this was main medal aspiring event for our country.’
Miku said they had to leave the range as Bangladesh had been competing in few other events too.
‘We had to visit some other venues as many events of our athletes had been taken places,’ said Miku.
A total of nine officials, including seven elected officials and two employees had visited Gold Coast in different capacities over the last few days while state minister for youth and sports Biren Sikder also travelled to Gold Coast during the opening ceremony.
Despite the presence of large contingent Bangladesh’s boxers missed their events due to the absence of their coach in technical committee meeting.
BOA officials held boxing coach Abdul Mannan solely responsible for the blunder but they did not take any blame for it.
‘I don’t know why exactly some officials are travelling with the team,’ said an athlete, seeking anonymity.
‘It’s really sad to see some opportunists are taking all kind of facilities here whereas we get only Tk 600 as daily allowance during training camp at home. This can only take us backward.’
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