Menís kabaddi hit an all-time low in the Asian Games after they failed to reach the semi-finals and in effect falling short of winning at least a bronze medal.
On the other hand, the womenís team secured at least a bronze to spare the nationís blushes.
Since kabaddiís introduction in the Asian Games in 1990, Bangladesh has at least won the bronze to remain as a force in the field. They reached the finals in 1990 and 1994, but lost to India on both occasions.
The kabaddi team finished third in 1998 but raised their game to snatch silver in 2002. In 2006 Bangladesh had to be content with bronze in the same event and that was the lone achievement of the country in that edition of the Games.
Many blame the debacle on a partisan approach in selecting the team, appointing a coach who is out of touch with the modern concept of the game, overlooking experienced coach Abdul Jalil, and not including star player Ziaur Rahman though he recovered from an injury.
Besides, the federation failed to arrange enough practice matches with quality opponents.
Nazrul Islam, the former general secretary of the Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation, blasted the non-professional approach of the current committee.
ďThe team lacked international temperament, the coach was out of his depth and Ziaís absence was felt as he could have motivated the players. But federation officials opted to choose their own people instead of the required persons,Ē said Nazrul.
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