Bangladesh Archery Federation (BAF) decided to resume their practice camp at Archery Training Centre of Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Stadium in Tongi from August 16 with strict health safety measures in place. A total of 18 archers will join in the camp split into three groups on August 17, 22 and 29 respectively. The decision was made after receiving the green signal from Ministry for Youth and Sports and Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA).
Archery Head Coach Martin Frederick, coaching staff and eight recurve male archers will join in the first phase while four recurve women archers will join in the second phase and rest of six compound archers will be going in with the third group. The team will undergo COVID-19 tests and quarantine under the convener of BAF Medical Committee and Executive Committee Member Dr Ehsanul Karim.“After a long break, we are going to start our camp. I’m really excited about it. We’ve been out of practice for a long time. Now, I can work on my performance. I’ll try my best to improve my performance quickly,” Shana told daily sun on Thursday.
“I will report on August 15 and my training session will start from August 16. I have been practicing at home during the lay-off. I’m not too worried about my performance,” added the 25-year-old archer.
This year, Bangladesh Archery team were expected to take part in several international and national competitions including ISSF International Solidarity Championships, Tokyo Olympics 2020 and 9th Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games this year, but the fixture was blown apart due to the pandemic outbreak worldwide.
A closed-door archery training camp was also suspended in March after the decision of postponement of Olympics. Some 25 national archers took online classes under the head coach Martin during the break.