Bangladesh’s German head coach Martin Frederick claimed that their hosting Bangabandhu National Archery in windy conditions in Cox’s Bazar helped the archers perform well in the World Archery Championship stage two at Lausanne in Switzerland.
“The weather is cold and windy here. Bangabandhu National Archery was held in windy conditions in Cox’s Bazar and it proved helpful for them (archers) in the World Archery Championship in Switzerland. Though we didn't do camp there, we just played a competition,” Martin told The Daily Sun on Friday.
Bangabandhu 12th Teer National Archery Championships was held at the Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Cox's Bazar last March.
Bangladesh Archery federation arranged the competition there with a belief that the sea breezes in Cox's Bazar would help national archers, especially Olympics participants, to prepare them to compete in the windy conditions, which is very similar to Japan.
Martin had been saying to arrange a preparation camp in Cox's Bazar, ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and World Archery Championships, for a long time.
Bangladesh recurve mixed team performed exceptionally and the mixed pair of Ruman Shana and Diya Siddique entered into the final of the biggest competition of archery for the first time.
However, Bangladesh couldn’t perform well in other individual and team events of world archery.
The Bangladeshi pair will face the Netherlands pair comprising Sjef Van Den Berg and Gabriela Schloesser in the gold medal match on Sunday. Win or lose, this is going to be Bangladesh’s best international result to date.