An 11-member Bangladesh archery team comprising eight recurve archers and three officials will leave Dhaka for Paris today to compete in World Cup stage three, an Olympic quota providing competition, scheduled to be held on June 18-27.
Bangladesh archer Ruman Shana has already qualified for Olympics in recurve men's singles but the archery federation is now eyeing to earn a quota for recurve men's team or recurve women's singles from the event.Bangladesh recurve archers will compete in men singles, women singles, men teams, women teams and mixed team.
Some 140 participants from 51 countries will compete in recurve men and some 112 from 40 countries will compete in recurve women.
The top three teams from each category will earn the quotas for the upcoming Olympics.
Bangladesh’s German head coach Martin Frederick said that his side is well prepared for the event although it will be a tough one for them.
“Bangladesh men's recurve team is currently ranked 18th. Some 19 teams including Italy, Russia, France and Germany are yet to earn the quota places. So, it will be a very tough task for us,” Frederick said in a press conference at the BOA auditorium on Wednesday.
“For the women's division, we will focus on individual places and it is the last chance for them.However, we have taken good preparations than the previous time,” he added.
Bangladeshi archers are confident enough about the meet after earning the first-ever silver in World Cup stage two at Swiss city Lausanne last month.
The medal came in the recurve mixed event where the country’s two top archers Shana and Diya Siddique competed.
Meanwhile, the team got vaccinated ahead of the tour on Sunday.
The eight recurve members are: Ruman Shana, Ram Krishna Shaha, Hakim Ahmed Rubel, Abdur Rahman Alif, Diya Siddiqui, Nasrin Akter, Beauty Roy and Mahanaz Akter Monera.