Shana targets Olympics after SA Games treble

Azad Majumder . Pokhara, Nepal | Published: 22:52, Dec 09,2019


Bangladesh archer Ruman Shana poses on the podium after winning gold in the  men’s individual recurve event of the 13th SA Games in Pokhara Nepal on Monday. — BOA photo 

After fulfilling his goals in the South Asian Games in Pokhara, Nepal, Bangladesh’s top archer Roman Shana has now targeted doing well in the forthcoming Olympics in Tokyo.

Shana claimed three gold medals in the 13th SA Games, respectively in men’s recurve team event, recurve mixed team event and recurve men’s individual event to help Bangladesh complete a perfect-10 in archery discipline.

Apart from swimmer Mosharraf Hossain, no other Bangladeshi athlete could win more than two gold medals in a South Asian Games.

Mosharraf won five gold medals in 1985 SA Games in Dhaka and Shana and his fellow archer Ety Khatun came close to him by winning three gold medals each in Pokhara. 

‘I cannot express my feelings in words. Alhamdulillah, almighty Allah helped me achieved gold medal,’ said Shana, who won a gold medal in Asia Cup in Philippines earlier this year.

Earlier in June, Shana became the first Bangladeshi player to win a medal in word archery championship when he finished third in 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships in Netherlands.

The success also earned him an automatic qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and took his ranking to 13th in the world.

‘I want to give the country something good in Olympics…I will work harder than the past. Olympic is a big event. I have to make myself more qualified to do well there, otherwise result won’t come,’ Shana said in Pokhara.

The 24-year archer said he was happy with the support he was getting from Bangladesh Archery Federation and can claim fifth place in Olympics with the score he made in SA Games.

‘Our federation is a role model for others. Our sirs always try with us. Maybe athletes from other disciplines do not get much support. I hope the way they are supporting us, they will continue doing it.

‘If I can do this score I will be in top-five in Olympics. I am not targeting any medal. I only want to do well. If I can do this maybe I can reach quarter-final,’ said Shana.

Olympic medal or not, Shana added that if they can maintain success in archery in next 10 years it will be Bangladesh’s top sport.

‘The way our federation and coaches are working I think after 10 years archery will be our main sport,’ said Shana, who took a great satisfaction in his performance throughout the year.

‘This year I played in nine international competitions, also played in domestic competition. So it was not tough for us,’ Shana said of his gold-winning feats.

‘It’s a good feeling to win collectively. We did not expect we would win 10 out of 10 gold medals. We thought maybe we would win six to seven gold medals. But we got more than what we had expected,’ he added.

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