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‘IOC scholarship to help me perform better in Paris Olympics’

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 13 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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National weightlifter Mabia Akhter Simanta believes that the scholarship from International Olympic Committee will help to improve her performance and techniques a lot except she still had been suffering fear of uncertainty about participating in the upcoming Paris Olympics 2024.

The IOC offers the world’s selected athletes from less advantaged countries 2-year residential scholarships before every Olympics under their Olympic Solidarity programme, so that those athletes can pit themselves against, and sometimes beat, competitors from better-off countries.

Earlier, Bangladeshi swimmer Ariful Islam got the IOC scholarship in 2018. The swimmer had been trained in Paris under the IOC scholarships ahead of Tokyo Olympics. This year, Mabia got the scholarship. The IOC will bear all her expenses under this programme.

“Definitely, the scholarship will help me to improve my performances and techniques a lot. Because here in Bangladesh coaches train us with old techniques but the world weightlifting has been changed a lot. Also, we have earlier seen that whoever got these scholarships, improved in their performances, abilities or timings,” she told The Daily Sun on Wednesday.

Though the country’s top weightlifter earlier took part in several international events but was never able to take part in the Olympics. Mabia got frustrated after failing to participate there for the last three consecutive times. Though she got an IOC scholarship but still had been suffering fear of uncertainty about participating in the upcoming Paris Olympics 2024.

“I know that I’m the best candidate for getting this scholarship from weightlifting event; even I also believe that I’m the best option as an Olympic card expectant from weightlifting. But I also have a misfortunate past. After failing to participate in the Olympics consecutive times, I am still unconfident about participating in the next Olympics,” she added.

Mabia applied for the scholarship last November. The IOC scholarships are expected will come into effect from this month if the Covid-19 situation in France comes under control.