Athlete Jahir Raihan picked for Tokyo Olympics


19th May, 2021 07:53:28 PM printer

Athlete Jahir Raihan picked for Tokyo Olympics

The Bangladesh Athletics Federation has chosen the country's famed athlete Mohammad Jahir Raihan to compete in the 400-metre run in the athletics event at Tokyo Olympics – slated to be held during July 23-August 8.

The selection committee of the Athletics Federation chose the country record holder Navy athlete Jahir from the shortlist of three, considering his performance at the local and international events.

The two other short-listed athletes were Shirin Akhter (100-metre sprint) and Mohammad Ismail (100 -metre sprint).

Earlier, the country's celebrated archer Ruman Shana became the first Bangladeshi athlete to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

Later, two Bangladeshi swimmers – Ariful Islam and Junaiyana Ahmed – earned wild cards to compete in the Olympics.

Preparations for the Games are progressing under tight Covid-19 protocols.