Apart from the seven athletes who will represent Bangladesh in the Rio Olympics, five coaches and managers and 10 officials have so far also been included in the contingent.
Apart from Bangladesh’s first qualified Olympian Siddikur Rahman, swimmers Mahfizur Rahman Sagor and Sonia Akhtar Tumpa, shooter Abdullah Hel Baki, archer Shyamoli Roy and sprinters Mezbah Ahmed and Shirin Akter are among the athletes.
However, the Bangladeshi contingent could have been bigger. It was learned that seven members from the parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Youth and Sports showed their interest to be included in the contingent list for Rio.
But the Bangladesh Olympic Association informed them that they can’t take the responsibility for their travelling costs and that the interested parties should travel at their own cost.