Audio system on the press convention relating to the upcoming Commonwealth Video games. Photograph: STAR


Audio system on the press convention relating to the upcoming Commonwealth Video games. Photograph: STAR

All eight medals Bangladesh have earned within the historical past of the Commonwealth Video games have come from capturing, however the exclusion of the self-discipline from the upcoming Birmingham version has put Bangladesh right into a soul-searching mode.

A 50-member Bangladesh contingent is ready to participate within the twenty second version multi-disciplinary extravaganza, scheduled to be held from July 28 to August 8 in England. 

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The Bangladesh contingent will depart in phases for Birmingham from July 20 to participate in seven disciplines — athletics, boxing, gymnastics, swimming, weightlifting, wrestling and desk tennis — however the organisers are usually not anticipating a lot relating to medals.

“The possibilities of profitable medals in Birmingham decreased a bit as a result of exclusion of capturing and archery, however we’re hopeful that the athletes will ship their greatest on the planet stage and convey laurels for the nation,” Bangladesh Olympic Affiliation’s secretary basic Syed Shahed Reza informed reporters at an official press convention at BOA auditorium on Sunday.

Over the past Video games held in Gold Coast, Australia in 2018, Shooter Abdullah Hel Baki and Shakil Ahmed gained a silver medal every of their respective occasions whereas the remainder of the athletes returned house empty handed.

“We now have an excellent chance to supply higher outcomes than the final version as a result of we’ve an excellent sprinter [England-based sprinter Imranur Rahman] who has been doing nicely. The desk tennis crew has additionally produced good outcomes at worldwide degree in latest previous whereas boxers are additionally performing nicely. We predict one thing higher in different particular person occasions as gymnast Ali Kader is anticipated to achieve the ultimate eight in his occasions,” mentioned BOA vice-president and Bangladesh Gymnastics Federation’s president Bashir Ahmed Mamun.

Replying to a question, Shahed Reza mentioned, “50 years into the independence, we have no intention to ship athletes into Video games as token participation, as a substitute we would like outcomes. However we lack long-term coaching and monetary capacity. I’m not disillusioned, although, since we’ve improved up to now eight to 10 years as two of our athletes have certified for the Olympics immediately.”

After the Commonwealth Video games, a mega 84-member Bangladesh contingent will participate within the fifth Islamic Solidarity Video games, to be held in Turkey from August 9 to 18.

Bangladesh will take part in 11 disciplines — athletics, archery, fencing, gymnastics, handball, karate, capturing, swimming, desk tennis, weightlifting and wrestling — with the expectation of fine outcomes from archery, athletics and gymnastics.

Bangladesh gained one gold, one silver and one bronze medal within the final version of Islamic Solidarity Video games in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2017. Shooters Baki and Syeda Atkia Hasan gained gold in 10m air rifle blended occasion whereas shooter Rabbi Hasan Munna and wrestler Shirin Sultana gained silver and bronze medal of their respective occasions.


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