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Dealing with high altitude a challenge

  • Published at 10:29 pm December 2nd, 2019
SA Games

while the rest are arriving one or two days before the start of their respective eventsKathmandu is 1,400 meters above the sea level, and only the swimming and cycling teams arrived around a fortnight earlier to adjust to the altitude,

The Bangladeshi athletes who did not get enough time to adapt to the weather and conditions of Nepal have found it difficult to deal with the high altitude of the Himalayan country soon after their arrival.

Kathmandu is 1,400 meters above the sea level, and only the swimming and cycling teams arrived around a fortnight earlier to adjust to the altitude, while the rest are arriving one or two days before the start of their respective events.

Swimmers Sonia Akter Tumpa and Mukti Khatun caught a cold soon after their arrival, but recovered in time for the Games, said swimmer Ariful Islam. “It was good for us to arrive here early. We managed to adapt.”

National volleyball team captain Harsit Biswas said five players - himself, Sadi Mohammad Shafin, Tanvir Hossain Tanmay, Tirthakar Ray Pranto, Ismail Hossain Pavel - fell sick before their semifinal against Pakistan on Sunday.

The booters also found it difficult to adjust initially, and the failure to adapt to the altitude was one of the reasons behind their sluggish performance during a 1-0 defeat against Bhutan.

Two days before the game, striker Nabib Newaz Jibon had said: “We faced some problem initially due to the height from the sea level, but we managed to adjust in two days.”

AK Sarkar, member secretary of BOA's training committee, told Dhaka Tribune that they had recommended the respective federations to send their athletes earlier if possible, but the lack of training facilities and available venues in Nepal stopped them from making trips earlier.

The 22-member athletics team arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday night, and the athletes are likely to face the similar problems with the altitude when seven of their events start on the track of Dasharath Stadium Tuesday.