Siddikur has been passing idle time in the last few months as one Asian Tour event after another got suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic
Premier Bangladesh golfer Siddikur Rahman expressed his desire to undergo quality training in the USA, and qualify for PGA Tour and European Tour events with the Asian Tour meets currently put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 35-year old Siddikur, who plies his trade in the Asian Tour, has been passing idle time in the last few months as one Asian Tour event after another got suspended owing to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
However, the PGA Tour and European Tour events are currently ongoing and Siddikur desires to test himself there.
But for that to happen, Siddikur requires around $160,000, and the golfer from Madaripur has already submitted the budget to Bangladesh Olympic Association.
Siddikur has asked for financial assistance from the BOA, State Minister for Youth and Sports Jahid Ahsan Russel and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to realize his ambitions.
“One after another tournament is being suspended. The Asian Tour is in dire straits. I don’t think there will be any events this year. Situation also doesn’t look good for next year. I don’t think a schedule will come through anytime soon. That’s why I want to go to the USA instead of sitting idle. My dream is to play in the USA and the European Tour. Tournaments are being held there,” said Siddikur, who has been practicing at Savar Golf Course in the capital for the last few days.
“I want to bring this to the attention of the BOA and Sports Ministry. What’s more, the honourable Prime Minister is a sports lover. I’m also requesting her. I want to take part in the Olympics again, I hope everyone helps me in my pursuit so that I can raise the red and green flag once again,” he added, referring to the 2016 Rio Olympics where he was the Bangladesh flagbearer.
Siddikur, who directly qualified for the Olympics four years ago as the first ever Bangladeshi, said he wants to replicate the feat and qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, which got postponed to next year due to the pandemic.
“If I can go to Florida, USA it will be good for me. Tiger Woods and the others are there. You can call it a city of golf. Besides my training there, if I can do well in two tournaments then it is possible to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Now my ranking is close to 600. Good performance in two tournaments will take me into 300. I can play in the Tokyo Olympics,” said Siddikur.
He added, “I have visa. My wife is my manager. If she gets her visa then the two of us will go there. If I don’t get any assistance then I will train for three months there, instead of one year. Even then I hope I will get assistance from government, it will be good for me.”