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Female shuttlers ignored for international events

Update : 20 May 2014, 05:09 PM

For the first time two badminton teams from Bangladesh will be taking part in the upcoming Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. However, there is no female shuttler in either of the event.

Local coach Rasel Kabir Shumon is preparing four shuttlers for the tournaments at the Mirpur Indoor Stadium. Aiman Ibne Zaman and Raisuddin will take part in the Commonwealth Games while Enamul Haque and Ahsan Habib will represent Bangladesh in the Asian Games.

“The standard of the local female players are not up to the mark compared to the international standard. The players themselves will feel awkward if they participate in the big stage in international event and the image of the country will also be questioned. That is why the female players have not been considered for Asian Games and Commonwealth Games,” said joint secretary of Bangladesh Badminton Federation Golam Aziz Jilani.

However, reality speaks different as it was the female shuttlers who brought glory for Bangladesh in international badminton tournaments in recent times. Shapla Akter was the member of the mixed team along with Rasel Kabir Sumon who won bronze medal in the mixed team event in the SA Games in 2010 while Shapla Akter bagged another bronze in an international event held in Dhaka. Surprisingly, no male participant from Bangladesh has won anything in those tournaments.

The current committee of Bangladesh Badminton Federation do not have a good relation with Neat Concern Badminton Club since its election in 2011 - one of the major reasons behind ignoring the female shuttlers. “We always protest against some decisions of the federation which is one of the reasons behind the discrimination to women. Beside, we are the players of Neat Concern,” said shuttler Elina Sultana.

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