Bangladesh-origin Russian gymnast Margarita Mamun believes her association with Bangladesh has just begun.
The former Russian gymnast of Bangladeshi descent, is now in Dhaka to inaugurate the Bangabandhu 5th International Central South Asian Artistic Gymnastics starting on Wednesday. The event has been organized to mark the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Margarita, who won the gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics in the 2016 Rio Olympics, is attending the event in Dhaka as the Goodwill Ambassador.
“I don't have an exact plan [involving gymnastics in Bangladesh]. I've just come here. But I'm sure it won't be the last time and my association with the country has just begun. I know that artistic gymnastics are played here but I particularly want to initiate rhythmic gymnastics in Bangladesh,” said Margarita during an interview.
Margarita said she is overwhelmed for praises that comes from the Bangladeshis and that she is proud to be half Bangladeshi and half Russian.
“I've always been grateful for the support I received from Bangladeshi people before and after the Olympics. Whenever I see Bangladeshi people in Moscow, my heart is filled with love for them. During the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games this year in Tokyo, I was waiting for the Bangladeshi delegation to appear. I always love to see and meet the people of Bangladesh anywhere in the world. People, say for example in Canada, walked up to me and said that they knew me and my father.
“Of course, I am very proud to be a Bangladeshi. In my school, I was the only kid who was half Bangladeshi and half Russian. I have always kept that in mind. Bangladesh is always in my blood and my mind,” said Margarita during the interview.
The Bangabandhu 5th International Central South Asian Artistic Gymnastics is set to begin in Dhaka on Wednesday. The qualifying round of the competition will begin on Thursday.