Bangladesh’s premier archer Ruman Shana has been shortlisted for the World Archery’s 2019 Athlete of the Year award by the games world governing body for his brilliant achievement throughout the year.
The nominees for the award were announced by the World Archery Federation on its official website on Wednesday.
A public vote will be open throughout January 2020 and the winner of the award will be announced during the Indoor Archery World Series Finals on February 8.
Shana got the nomination in his favourite ‘Recurve Men’ category, where USA’s Brady Ellison, South Korea’s Lee Woo Seok, Malaysia’s Khairul Anuar Mohamad and Italy’s Mauro Nespoli will also be vying for the honour.
Shana, who is currently ranked 10th in the world, was also shortlisted in the ‘Breakthrough’ category, which will be selected by an expert panel.
The other nominees of this category are -- James Lutz of USA, An San of South Korea, Valentina Acosta of Colombia, Anders Faugstad of Norway and Alexis Ruiz of USA.
Shana became the first Bangladeshi archer to win a medal in world archery championship in June last year when he
finished third in 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships in the Netherlands.
The success also earned him an automatic qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
He also claimed three gold medals in the men’s recurve team, recurve mixed team and recurve men’s individual events in the 13th SA Games to help Bangladesh complete a perfect-10 in archery discipline.
Apart from Shana, Bangladesh’s German coach Martin Frederick was also shortlisted for the Coach of the Year category alongside USA’s Kisik Lee and Bhutan’s Sally Park. The winner will be selected by an expert panel.
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