• Wednesday, Sep 28, 2022
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

Archery comes of age

  • Published at 09:25 pm April 25th, 2013
Archery comes of age

The sight of hundreds of men and women brandishing bows and arrows made the Paltan Ground and the adjacent hockey stadium look like an ancient battlefield, but in reality, the archers had gathered for competition in the Bangladesh Games.

Kaniz Fatema Nipa, the young archer who won the individual gold in a recent warm-up tourney, is excited about the sports prospects for expansion. “Archery, though a new sport, has already stirred the sports arena, it is interesting and we have the confidence that we can move ahead,” she said.

Ashiqul Islam of Bangladesh Army, has similar feelings. “I firmly believe that Bangladesh can flourish in the international arena and we have the capabilities, we just need some systematic training” said Ashiq.

Formed in 2001, The Bangladesh Archery Association (BAA) received the affiliation of the Asian Archery Federation in 2002. The biggest moment of the federation arrived in July 2003 when Federation Internationale de Tir a'l' Arc FITA or International Archery Federation recognized BAA as an affiliate body.

BAF till date, has sent its archers to Asian Archery Championship (Yangon, Myanmar, 2003), Asian Archery Championship (Delhi, 2005), X South Asian Games (Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2006), 11 Commonwealth Archery Championship (Jamshed Pur, India, 2006), Asian Archery Grand Prix (Bangkok, Thailand, 2007), 1 Asian Archery Grand Prix (Bangkok, Thailand, 2009), 11 Asian Archery Grand Prix (Tehran, Iran, 2009), IV Asian Archery Grand Prix Championship (Kolkata, India, 2009). Bangladesh won two silvers in SA Games held in Dhaka 2010.

Kazi Rajivuddin Ahmed Chapal, the founder general secretary of the federation, sees a bright future for archery in Bangladesh. “Our next missions are the World Archery and Asian Youth Championships, billed to be held in September and October at Turkey and China respectively. We are proud to say that the numbers of archers has increased to 292, after out countrywide talent hunt program, where we have found some exciting talents and look forward to mark Bangladesh’s name in the international arena,” said Chapal.

Two of the federation’s major accomplishments have been inserted the sport as a regular subject at BKSP and introducing bamboo bows for budding archers.

Among Bangladesh’s archery successes are Emdadul Haq Milon capturing a 70m recurve bow gold medal on November 19, 2009, at the Asian Youth Olympic Continental Qualifying Test in Bali, Indonesia.

Another Bangladeshi archer, Mohammad Sajjad Hossain, won the gold medal at the Archery Grand Prix Championship, beating world class archer T Ranjpar in Kolkata, also in 2009.  

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail