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Home condition will favour local archers: Martin

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 16th November, 2021 11:47:12 AM
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Bangladesh archery head coach Martin Frederick believes that the home condition will favour the local archers to earn medals in the year-ender international competition.

Bangladesh national archery team – recuve and compound -- are currently participating in the 22nd Asian Archery Championship at the Army Stadium beginning from Saturday.

“Playing at home is always something special. Archers have positive intentions as they are playing at home conditions. They can make something good here. I think medals should come, we all hope for medals,” Martin said while asked his expectations.

The competition is going on in rainy weather for the last two days. But the German coach felt that they would get advantages as the weather was familiar to them.

“Wind can’t be an excuse; we have to walk with that. In Youngstown (World Championship), there was a terrible wind, but they (archers) did a good job. But we know the condition here. We know about the temperature and the wind. So, overall we have some advantages,” he said.

In the qualifications rounds of the Asian Archery Championship, Olympian archer Ruman Shana finished 9th in the recurve men. Among others, Hakim Mohammad Rubel ranked the highest 8th among local archers in this event. Ram Krishna Saha, Alif Abdur Rahman 10th and 15th.

Another Olympian archer Diya Siddique ranked 12th in the recurve women. Among other local archers, Nasrin Akter, Beauty Ray, Srabony Akter ranked 15th, 17th and 23rd respectively.

Nawaz Ahmed Rakib ranked 9th, Md Ashikuzzaman 11th, Sohel Rana 14th, Ashim Das 21th in the compound men while Shamoli Ray ranked 14th, Suma Biswas 19th and Bonna Akther 23rd in the compound women.

Recurve men team comprising Ruman, Hakim and Ram Krishna ranked 3rd, recurve women team comprising Diya, Nasrin and Beauty ranked 4th, recurve mixed team comprising Hakim and Diya ranked 3rd.

Compound men team comprising Rakib, Ashikuzzaman and Sohel ranked 4th, Compound women team comprising Shamoli, Suma and Bonna ranked 6th and compound mixed team comprising Rakib and Shamoli ranked 5th.

Some top-ranked teams -- China, Japan, and Chinese Taipei are not participating in this meet. Among the participating 17 Asian teams, teams like South Korea and India didn’t send their Olympians archers here.

“Though we are missing some countries (China, Japan, Chinese Taipei), we have tough opponents here. Some participating countries are also strong enough such as South Korea, Iran, India and Kazakhstan. I expect tough competitions here,” the coach further said.

“My archers can fight at a good level and I expect for sure some better results like the last Asian Championship here Dhaka 2017 and Bangkok 2019. We want to be better we can,” he added.

However, the local archers were could face fatigue issues or lose their motivation as they had been in training camp out of the family for the last 11 months. But Martin said that the home competition could give archers some motivation at the last of the year.

“They started practice from January, they played for quota place, got prepare for Olympics, World Championships and now Asian championships. Eleven months in a row. It has been a long time, they haven’t seen their families. Everyone is a little bit tired. The home game will give them some motivation at the last of the year. However, after Asian Championship, they will get some little break,” he ended.