Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) on Monday accorded a warm reception to the 13th South Asian Games medalists and trainers at the banquet hall of Kurmitola Golf Club in the capital.
BOA also handed over the cash prizes for all medal winners and coaches to boost the morale during the special meet.BOA President and Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed presided over the event.
Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports M Akhter Hossain, Chef de mission of Bangladesh contingent for 13th South Asian Games Asaduzzaman Kohinoor were present during the reception ceremony.
BOA Secretary General Syed Shahed Reza and Presidents and General Secretaries of various sports federations also attended on the function.
Recently concluded 13th South Asian Games in Nepal was a successful stint for Bangladesh as they ended up securing 19 gold medals featuring all the 10 gold medals in archery. This is Bangladesh’s best performance in SA Games till date.
The previous best performance of the country in SA Games was 18 gold medals earned in 2010 in Dhaka. But, Bangladesh’s highest number of gold medals won in a single game held outside Bangladesh was 7, in the SA Games 1995.
Bangladesh Men’s Cricket team won gold as they claimed the men’s cricket title beating Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the final.The achievement was even more remarkable considering Bangladesh never won any gold medal in archery previously in South Asian Games. Their previous best performance in SA Games’ archery event was the three silver medals in Guwahati in 2016.
Bangladesh women’s cricket team also clinched their first-ever gold medal in the history of the competition beating Sri Lanka.
Bangladeshi athletes earned three more gold medals, two in weightlifting and one in fencing in Nepal.
Famed lifters Mabia Akhter Simanta and Jiarul Islam bagged two gold medals in weightlifting events of the games in Nepalese tourist town of Pokhara while Fatema Mujib clinched the first-ever gold medal for Bangladesh in women’s fencing.
Bangladesh’s athletes also clinched three gold medals in Kumite events of Karate while Dipu Chakma won the first gold medal for Bangladesh in Taekwondo.