Bangladesh reached the medal stage for the first time in the history of the Asian Archery Championship held in Dhaka last November. Seba Bangladesh won 1 silver and 2 bronze medals. After that, in the Asia Cup World Ranking Tournament Stage One held in Thailand in March, the champion Bangladesh won 3 gold and 1 silver.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Bangladesh Archery Federation was hoping for something better in Stage One of the ongoing World Cup in Turkey with the continuous improvement in the international tournament. But this time Romana Sana-Dia Siddiqui has disappointed. But last year, the pair surprised everyone by winning silver in the mixed team event of World Cup Archery in Switzerland!
After the recurve boys and girls division, the archers of Bangladesh have to return empty handed even in mixed events. In the second round of recurve mixed division, Bangladesh team lost to Chinese Taipei 6-1 set points last night. This time Mohammad Sagar Islam and Dia Siddiqui have played in this division.
In the second round of the recurve singles, Sagar Islam of Bangladesh defeated Riyau Salsabillah of Indonesia 6-1. However, in the third round, he lost to Ivan Khojhokar of Ukraine, 6-2 set points. In the second round, Hakim Ahmed lost 6-1 set points to last year’s Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Mauro Nespali of Italy. Ashikuzzaman won the first round of the compound men’s singles. But in the second round, he lost to Matthias Fullerton of Denmark by 148-142 points.
Roman Sanao is disappointed. In the second round, Roman lost by 6-5 set points to Gorkan Maras of Turkey. Meanwhile, Nasreen Akhtar, Dia Siddiqui and Fahmida Sultana failed to cross the first round in the recurve girls singles.
Nasreen lost 6-0 to Peng Chia Mao of Chinese Taipei. Dia lost to Slovenia’s Ume Anar 4-6 set points. Fahmida lost in the tiebreaker to Audrey Edicom of France.
Martin Friedrich, the German coach of the national team, was disappointed to see the score of the archers of Bangladesh in the World Cup. “Of course I’m not satisfied with the performance of the boys’ recurve team,” he said on a mobile phone from Turkey. Diao could not find himself in the World Cup this time.
Roman Sana, Hakim Ahmed and Mohammad Sagar Islam have played in the recurve boys team. Roman has the worst score considering the performance of the ranking round. He got 728 points and became 7th out of 110 people. However, Roman’s score at the National Archery Championship in Tongi last month was 74.
Roman has been suffering from depression for several months now. Rakib Meer, a 10th class student, lost in the quarter finals of the National Archery Championship. This time he was eliminated in the second round of the World Cup. Although he lost to Maras Gurkan of Turkey in a tiebreaker.
But the coach is not at all satisfied with Roman’s style of play, ‘Roman is shooting very defensively. The timing is not good. We need to do more with him before the Asian Games. I talked to him separately at the end of the game. Trying to figure out where the problem is. I am analyzing his videos. Hopefully, he will get rid of the bad form quickly. ‘
Young archer Sagar Islam has done the best in the World Cup. He was ranked 29th in the qualifying round with 858 points. Martin Friedrich praised Sagar in the third round of the knockout stage. His score was good enough.
This time Hakim Ahmed faced Nespoli Mauro of Tokyo Olympics silver medalist of Italy in the second round of the knockout stage. Hakim naturally lost. But the coach felt that Hakim could not give the best on the field, ‘Of course Nespoli is a big name in archery. But the name on the playground is not so important. You have to give your best in every moment there. ‘
But did the Bangladesh team break up under the pressure of a big event like the World Cup? However, the coach does not want to see these issues as an excuse. It is the job of the archers to keep their nerves cool and shoot arrows at their own targets. I think they have more respect for the opponent this time. We have to do more work on these back in the country.