The seven Bangladeshi athletes who will compete in five different disciplines at the Rio Olympic Games make us proud.
Our nation will be represented by Siddikur Rahman, Shyamoli Roy, Abdullah Hel Baki, Mahfizur Rahman Sagor, Sonia Akter Tumpa, Mezbah Ahmed, and Shirin Akter.
Amid a host of domestic problems, the country rallies behind these talented young men and women who will be representing Bangladeshi excellence in the world stage.
Bangladesh has never won a medal at the Olympic games, since it first participated in the event in Los Angeles in 1984.
This year, however, we are sending our largest contingent ever, and hopes are high for some exciting competition.
The spectacle of the Olympics is the most-watched sporting event on the planet. Our seven athletes will find themselves the company of 11,000 athletes from 206 different countries, with 306 medals up for grabs in 20 different disciplines.
But the scope of the Olympics was never limited to just being a sports competition. There is an opportunity here to foster global peace and harmony, and get countries talking to each other with good sportsmanship.
Brazil is facing many social and economic challenges this year, and already the Rio Olympics has been subject to much criticism. It will be a test for Rio to conduct the games peacefully and efficiently, but for athletes, from Bangladesh or any other country, going to the Olympics is the dream of a lifetime.
Let’s all throw our support behind the seven Bangladeshis who have already accomplished the incredible feat of making it to Rio 2016.