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Olympic gold medalist Margarita in the city

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 23rd October, 2021 10:38:40 PM
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The Rio Olympics gold medalist gymnast Margarita Mamun has been named ‘Ambassador’ for the upcoming Bangabandhu 5th Central South Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championship, scheduled to be held from October 27-31 in Dhaka.

Bangladesh Gymnastics Federation (BGF) will arrange the international meet named after the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to mark his birth centenary.

The 25-year-old retired gymnast arrived in Dhaka on Saturday, BGF president Sheikh Bashir Ahmed confirmed The Daily Sun on Saturday.

“We invited her as the ‘Ambassador’ for the Bangabandhu 5th Central South Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championship, I believe that her appearance will inspire our gymnasts,” Bashir said.

Margarita earned gold medal in the rhythmic gymnastics of the Rio Olympics. She was born in Moscow to a Bangladeshi father Abdullah Al Mamun and a Russian mother Anna, who was a former rhythmic gymnast. 

Apart from Olympic gold, she earned World All-around silver medal two times in 2015 and 2014, European Games All-around silver medal in 2015, European Championships All-around silver medal in 2016, Grand Prix Final All-around champion three times in 2015, 2014 and 2013, Russian National All-around champion three times 2011, 2012 and 2013. She retired from competitive career in rhythmic gymnastics in 2017.

However, the international meet has been taking place after 10 years. The last edition of the tournament was held in 2011.

Ahead of the competition, the federation unveiled the logo of the tournament at a city hotel in the capital on Saturday. 

A total of 170 gymnasts, judges and officials from Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Uzbekistan and Pakistan will take part this year. Some 22 events – into three categories men’s senior, junior and women – will be held.