Bangladesh, who won a total of 75 medals in 2016 including four golds, 15 silvers and 56 bronzes, realistically hope to increase its medal tally this time
A total of 470 athletes including 268 males and 202 females from Bangladesh are participating in 25 disciplines, excluding only triathlon.
Bangladesh, who won a total of 75 medals in 2016 including four golds, 15 silvers and 56 bronzes, realistically hope to increase its medal tally this time.
Bangladesh’s best chance for golds appear to be in archery where India, Pakistan and Maldives have no participants.
The other disciplines where Bangladesh are favorite to win golds are men’s and women’s cricket, and golf.
There is also possibility in wrestling, shooting and karate.
India, the top-medalists in all previous 12 editions, will certainly be the favorite to dominate the medal tally, despite not sending some of its best athletes, and having decided not to participate in as many as five disciplines.https://t.co/rRwhrwOHA6#SAG #SOUTHASIANGAMES— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) November 30, 2019
Football also has a good chance but the Bangladeshi booters’ only obstacle would be the host and reigning champion Nepal.
The highest number of events, as well as gold medal events (38), are in swimming where Bangladesh won two golds through the hands of Mahfuza Shila, who will be the flag bearer in the marching post of the opening ceremony, but will not participate.
With India not sending its top swimmers, Sri Lanka are favorite to dominate the pools, and Bangladesh can also bag some more medals.
Bangladesh’s chef de mission Asaduzzaman Kohinoor said Saturday, “Other countries run their training programs long term, like Nepal, who has been under the guidance of foreign coaches for a long time for the Games. We tried our best with the financial limitations. Despite all the odds, we took good preparation and are hoping for better results this time.”
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