Country’s premier archer Ruman Shana will be hoping to clinch at least one gold medal in his maiden appearance in the forthcoming South Asian Games, scheduled to be held in Nepal from December 1 to 10.
Shana made history by becoming the first-ever archer from Bangladesh to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after winning a bronze medal in the men’s recurve singles event of the Hyundai World Archery Championships in June this year.
The 24-year old archer started this year with a silver medal in the ISSF International Solidarity Archery Championships in February in Dhaka and won gold medal in the Asia Cup Archery Stage 3 in Philippines in September.
Shana was talking to reporters after a press conference at the Bangladesh Olympic Association on Saturday where Bangladesh Shooting Federation sponsor City Group announced a budget of Tk 2.41 crore for the third year.
City Group signed a five-year sponsorship deal with the federation in October 2017 and had previously allotted Tk 1.85 crore in 2017 and Tk 2.22crore in 2018.
‘This will be my first time in SA Game. I want to make good results...I will fight in six events and hope can get at least one gold,’ said Shana, who is currently ranked 10th in World Archery.
Shana also believed that Indian competitors will be tough opponents for Bangladeshi archers in the SA Games.
‘I am keeping an eye on the Indian archers. I know them and keeping eye on their scoring. My first target is to reach the final. If I can reach the finals, I can win gold,’ he said.
The 16-member – eight male and eight female – archery team of Bangladesh will compete in the 10 events – five in recurve and five in compound divisions in the SA Games.
Shana will compete in the men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed team events in both men’s recurve and compound divisions.
Bangladesh Archery team coach Martin Frederick, who joined them in March 2018, believed that Bangladesh made great advancements in the game in the last few years.
‘The achievement in the last few years is very nice...We have very near competition is in South Asian Games. We want to raise our performance level in international competition,’ said the German coach.
Since City Group became the sponsor of the federation, Bangladesh archers have secured 15 gold, 18 silver and nine bronze medals in different international competitions.
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