The third edition of the South Asian Archery Championship, organised by Bangladesh Archery Federation, is all set to get underway at BKSP in Savar Saturday.
Around 63 archers from four countries - India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and host Bangladesh - will be taking part in the four-day event. There is a slight chance that there could be six participating countries if the arrival of Bhutan and Pakistan team gets confirmed at the last moment. The teams will start arriving from Friday.
The participants will battle for a total of 10 golds through ranking and elimination round in the recurve and compound divisions. Recurve events will be held in 70m distance while compound events will be organised in 50m.
A press conference was held at Bangladesh Olympic Association Thursday where BAF general secretary Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed Chapol expressed gratitude to BKSP for continuing their support towards archery by providing food, accommodation and other technical support. Director General of BKSP, Brigadier General Mohammad Shamsur Rahman was also present on the occasion.
The second edition was held 10 years ago in Jamshedpur, India where Bangladesh failed to open their gold medal account. "We were fresher in the first edition and got better in the second edition, but this time our preparation and confidence is much better than before,” said Chapol before adding, "Our men's recurve team are very balanced. We have high hope."
The host will have two sides in the event with the A team containing the top 16 archers of the country while the B side would have lesser number of participants. The final squad is likely to be announced Friday.