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Country’s fastest man Ismail suspended for one year

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 11 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh’s current fastest sprinter Mohammad Ismail Hossain has been suspended for one year by the Bangladesh Athletics Federation over disciplinary issues.

A BAF investigation committee, under the authorization of their President ASM Ali Kabir, made the decision on October 2 after Ismail was found guilty for criticizing the federation’s athlete selection procedure to the media during the Tokyo Olympics this year.

The athletics federation sent another Navy athlete Jahir Raihan to the Tokyo Olympics while overlooking the country’s fastest man and woman Ismail and Shirin Akter. 

Ismail, who earned two gold medals in the 100m sprint and the long jump events of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games with the timing of 10.50sec just a few months before the Olympics, raised questions on the federation’s selection procedure at that time.

The committee earlier sent a show cause notice to the sprinter but they didn’t find Ismail’s response satisfactory.

The committee found that it was a serious violation of BAF’s code of conduct and they imposed a one year ban which would run from October 2021 to October 2022. The sprinter now can’t take part in any national or international event during this time frame.

“Ismail gave controversial statements to the media regarding our selection process during the last Olympics. It is a violation of our code of conduct. An investigation committee, authorized by our president, found the truth on this matter,” BAF General Secretary Adv Abdur Rakib Montu confirmed to The Daily Sun on Sunday.

However, Ismail will get a chance to appeal against the decision and the sprinter claimed that his service team has already started the procedure to appeal against the ban.

“I’m really disappointed with the decision. Everybody knows whatever I have said in the media. The Navy told me that they are very positive (regarding the appeal). They will send letters within two or three days,” he said.

A Navy official also informed that they would appeal against the decision soon.