BAF groom athletes for Commonwealth Games

Published : 13 Mar 2022 08:00 PM

Bangladesh Athletics Federation (BAF) eyeing to have a good result in the 22nd Commonwealth Games have already started their practice at different venues in the city. 

This time BAF are expecting to contest in six athletics events when they are looking forward the athletes to fulfill the criteria of qualification to participate in the Games will take place in Birmingham, England from July 28 to August 8. 

However, this time the BAF, though targeted to take part in six athletics events, will send those who would be able to accomplish the standard. 

Abdur Rokib Montu, general secretary of the BAF when talking to the Bangladesh Post on Sunday told that they have targeted to compete in six event in the upcoming Commonwealth Games. 

“Aiming to participate in six events, we are preparing our 12 athletes who are under training process but the athletes would have to prove their aptitude achieving the target we set for them to qualify for the Games.”

“You may just take it as the qualification training sessions, as well as preparation. Who will be able to fulfill the criteria, will be selected for the Games. If we will get the athletes qualified for all six events, then we will take part in the six athletics events,” Montu replied to a query. 

Montu informed that the events they were looking forward to compete are 100 and 200 meters sprints (mail and female), 400 meter race (man) and 10,000 meters run (women), high jump (male and female) and long jump (male).  

The BAF high ups replying to another query told that though they were trying to train up athletes for six events but their main focus will be on 100 meters sprinter, the British born Bangladeshi Imranur Rahman. 

Imran, who has already took part in the 45th national athletics championship, representing Bangladesh Army proved his mettle became fastest man to clinch the title of 100 meters sprint with new national record.

The 28-year old dual citizen of the UK and Bangladesh Imran set the new national record with timing 10:50. 

Meanwhile, Imran, who are preparing for the upcoming World Indoor Athletics Championship 2022 to be held in Belgrade, in a local competition in London stood first with timing 6:68 in 60 meters sprint early of this month.