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From cricket, football to archery

  • Published at 11:13 pm December 9th, 2019

 Sohel Rana, who used to play football in a local league before switching to archery

Suma Biswas used to play cricket and kho kho until college, but stopped playing both to give full concentration to archery. The move paid off, as she won her maiden gold medal at the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal. 

The same happened for Sohel Rana, who used to play football in a local league before switching to archery.

"I used to play kho kho and almost got into the national team. I also played cricket until I was in college. After taking up archery seriously, I stopped playing both because one has to give full concentration," Suma said after winning gold in the women's individual compound event Monday.

Suma also had to skip the Asian Archery Championship at the end of last month due to an exam. "The degree final examination was held over the last two and a half months. I had a flight to Bangkok to take part in the Asian Championship, but I had to skip the competition for the exam. My exam finished on December 2 and we arrived in Nepal the following day."

It was through her elder brother and archery coach Anwar Hossain that Suma took first lessons with the bow and arrow in 2009. She had previously won only a single title in a team event in the national competition.

Sohel Rana, who won three gold medals at the SAG2019, received a job with Bangladesh Army for his archery. Previously, he was a footballer at his hometown in Chapainawabganj.

"I used to play football in the local league of Chapainababganj. I was a striker. The bow and arrow attracted me. I started loving this game of archery," said Sohel.

Another hat-trick gold-medalist, 14-year-old Ety Khatun, escaped early marriage to become an archer. She received many plaudits from her family after winning the golds on Sunday. 

"I talked to my father. He became very happy. Even my school teacher called me. Now my parents don't want me to marry. They now want me to be a big girl," the teenager said.