Bangladesh contingent arrive in Birmingham with slim hope

Published : 27 Jul 2022 09:00 PM

Led by Abdur Rokib Montu the larger quantity of Bangladesh contingent including athletes of different disciplines and the officials for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games reached here on Tuesday in Birmingham about 10 am (local time).

Montu, who is the chef the mission of Bangladesh team, when talking to the Bangladesh Post just thereafter their arrival told that they were heading to village after appearing for the Covid test and maintained some other formalities before to enter into the games village.   

Monto, also the general secretary of the Bangladesh Athletics Federations (BAF) said, “We have arrived here in Birmingham in time and after maintaining some official procedures and on the way to the village we will be accommodated.

Montu also informed that the wrestling and athletics teams are expected to reach on July 29.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh will take part in seven disciplines – Table tennis, Swimming, Boxing, Gymnastics, Athletics, Wrestling and Weightlifting.

Bangladesh will begin their mission from 29th July with gymnastics, boxing when athletes will start their track and field events from August 2.

Bangladesh, who had prospect to win medals in two events – shooting and archery were not included in this edition. Bangladesh won a total of eight medals in the Commonwealth Games since 1990 with Ateequr Rahman and Abdus Satter Nini won gold in air pistol pairs event in Auckland at the second appearance of Bangladesh in the games in Aucland, New Zealand. After that, since 2002 when Asif Hussain won gold in Manchester, Bangladesh won medals in every edition when Shakil Ahmed won silver in the previous edition in Gold Coast, Australia in 2018.

But this time, as shooting was excluded in the Birmingham 2022 Games, it seemingly there is no chance for Bangladesh to win medal in any event, though the officials of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) before the team departure from Dhaka expected their high hope to do well in athletics and gymnastics. But they were very cautious to disclose about winning any medals.

Eventually, in the top stage of world sports, like Commonwealth Games, Olympics and Asian Games, competitions the participation of Bangladesh is imply t maintain the solidarity.