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Five sports to apply for Olympic wildcards

  • Published at 12:27 am January 9th, 2020

Wildcards are the only options for Bangladesh to take part in the Olympics without qualifying for the event

Bangladesh Olympic Association will send the names of eight athletes from five disciplines – archery, shooting, weightlifting, boxing and karate – for the Olympic wildcards, ahead of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in July.

Wildcards are the only options for Bangladesh to take part in the Olympics without qualifying for the event.  

Golfer Siddikur Rahman achieved his own qualification for the Rio Olympics, Mohammad Ruman Shana earned the country a quota place in archery while the rest will participate through the wildcards.

Following instructions from the Games governing body, the BOA had asked the respective five federations to choose the names of their top athlete. 

The BOA has a deadline of Wednesday to submit the names to the organizing committee.

Commonwealth Games silver-medalist shooter Abdullah Hel Baki was picked by the federation for the second consecutive time, along with female shooter Atkia Hasan Disha. 

Baki also participated in the 2016 Olympics.

Two-time South Asian Games gold-medalist Mabia Akter Shimanta was picked by the weightlifting federation for the second time in a row after her name was excluded from the final selection of the organizer prior to the previous edition.

Karate and boxing federations also chose the top performer from the recently concluded SAG in Nepal as gold-medalist Humaira Akter Antara and silver-medalist Robin Mia’s names were sent to BOA from the respective federation. 

Karate is set to be introduced in Olympics with the Tokyo Games.

Archery federation has shortlisted three female recurve archers for the wildcards without revealing the names. 

Ruman earned an Olympic quota for the country in the recurve men’s individual event but not for himself as the BAF would finalize the names based on the latest performance of the archers.

“They (Olympic committee) asked us to send the names of athletes for Olympic wildcards mentioning specifically these five sports. They will decide who would get the wildcards according to their performance while distributing the cards region-wise before the Olympics,” said Fakhruddin Haider, the director general of BOA.

Fakhruddin also informed that the organizing committee has not yet asked for the athletes’ names for swimming and athletics, two sports where Bangladesh took part in the Olympics quite regularly through the wildcards.

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