Siddikur Rahman recorded his name in the history books when it became official that the Bangladesh golfing icon qualified for the Olympic Games to become the country’s first sports personality to make it into the world’s biggest sporting event, courtesy direct entry.
The 31-year-old golfer, who is also the first Bangladeshi to win an Asian Tour event, was almost confirmed of qualification in the last couple of months but it was finally made official on Monday after he was placed 56th in the latest and final rankings, making himself eligible for the upcoming Olympics, scheduled to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5-21.
“It feels really great. I think this is the biggest achievement of my life to qualify for the Olympics through direct qualification process. My family and I are very excited after hearing the news.” said Siddikur, who is often referred to as the “Tiger Woods of Bangladesh” in the international media.
Siddikur was struggling for form at the beginning of this season but his fortune improved in May when he finished second in the tri-sanctioned Mauritius Open, thus taking him to 54th position. He then learned that the top 60 golfers will go to Rio.
“I didn’t feel the excitement or any kind of interest even two-three months ago. I never thought I would make it to the Olympics but after the Mauritius Open, everyone came up to me and said, ‘You might go to the Olympics’. Then, I became serious and determined to make it happen,” Siddikur said to the Dhaka Tribune.
Meanwhile, it will be the first time that Golf will be played in the Olympics since the St Louis Games in 1904. It was later dropped from the following editions after the protest of the British players.