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Shana begins individual campaign today

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 27 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh’s top Archer Ruman Shana will be in action again as he will compete in the men’s individual event of the Tokyo Olympics at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field in Tokyo today.

Although a total of six athletes from Bangladesh are taking part in the ongoing Olympics in four different disciplines, this is the only event that makes them really hopeful of claiming any big success in the competition.

Shana, who finished 17th among 64 participants after scoring 662 points during the ranking round on June 23, will play against the 48th-ranked English archer Tom Hall in the round of 64 match.

As all the matches will be knockout from now on, Shana, only if he beats his English opponent in the first match, will face either Dan Olaru of Moldova or Crispin Duenas of Canada in the next elimination round match on the same day.

Bangladesh archery team head coach Martin Frederick said that they are confident about Shana’s victory in both the matches scheduled today which will ensure his progress to the round of 16.

“He (Shana) is confident enough and also mentally fit. We are very much optimistic. It will be a big day for us,” Martin told The Daily Sun on Monday.

“Our every preparation was about this day. There are two matches tomorrow. Our target is to play the round of 32 and then qualify to the round of 16,” he added.

The 26-year old, who became the first archer representing Bangladesh to win a medal at the world championships by securing bronze in the individual competition at the 2019 edition of the tournament in Netherlands, secured a direct spot for Bangladesh in the 2020 Olympic Games.

Shana will have to battle against a tropical storm also which was barrelling towards northeastern Japan on Monday, forcing Tokyo Olympics organisers to reschedule rowing and archery events that could be affected by high winds.

Tropical Storm Nepartak, packing gusts up to 108 kilometres (67 miles) per hour, was expected to make landfall on Tuesday, Japan’s meteorological agency said. 

Shana’s match has also been rescheduled because of the storm and it will now be played three hours later than the originally scheduled time.

Bangladesh’s German head coach, however, didn’t think that the weather can actually create any problem for the archers.

“Today we had a good session, there was nothing special practice. But today the weather was cloudy and windy,” said Martin.

“They took some time to cope up with the condition, but finally, they made it. I don't think the weather will make any difference among the participants. Because we all will get the same condition tomorrow,” he added.

Earlier on Saturday, Shana pairing with Diya Siddique, finished ninth in the mixed team event after losing to their South Korean counterparts in their round of 16 match.

The top-ranked South Korean pair -- Kim Je Deok and An San later went on to win the gold medal in the event.