Abdullah Hel Baki will be the first member from the Bangladesh contingent to fly off to Rio de Janeiro as the shooter will leave here for Brazil on Sunday along with his Danish coach Klavs Christensen.
The silver medallist of the Commonwealth Games, Baki will take part in the 10-metre air rifle event in the shooting discipline which will be held on August 8.
“It will be hard for me to cope with the conditions over there due to time difference. Because, when the competition gets underway there, it will be night-time in Bangladesh. I will try my best to adjust with the conditions before the event and I’m already preparing myself,” said the shooter.
Like others in the contingent, it will not be the first time Baki will be travelling and playing in Brazil as he went there in March to take part in the ISSF World Cup in Rio which he believes will help him to prepare better for the big events.
Baki doesn't want to keep his mind busy thinking about winning medals. Rather, he believes that if he can continue his form from the preparation camp, he can make the final eight. The target as usual is to record the best timing.
The shooting federation announced that they will award Tk one crore for a gold medal, Tk 50 lakh for silver and Tk 25 lakh for bronze while Tk 10 lakh will be given to the athletes who qualify for the final round.
Chef de mission of Bangladesh contingent, ATM Zahirul Alam, and Bangladesh Olympic Association director general Fakruddin Haider will also fly for Rio on Sunday.
Among other athletes, swimmers Mahfizur Rahman Sagor and Sonia Akter Tumpa and sprinters Mezbah Ahmed and Shirin Akter will fly off on Monday. Golfer Siddikur Rahman will fly a day later along with archer Shyamoly Roy.