Bangladesh expects better show from shooters

January 30, 2010

Bangladesh shooters are determined to put up an improved performance in the 11th South Asian Games (SAG). Bangladesh won two golds in shooting in the 2004 SAG in Islamabad, Pakistan but this time they are expecting to bring more laurels for the country, Report TBT.
Shooting in Bangladesh came to spotlight when Asif Hossain Khan clinched the 10m Air Rifles gold medal in Commonwealth Games in 2002 and repeated his success in South Asian Games in 2004.
But, after the double feats, Asif was going through a bad-patch and was dropped from Bangladesh’s 2008 Beijing Olympic squad for poor performances.
He bounced back boldly to celebrate his return shooting his best score of 694.5 to bag the 10m air Rifles gold in Pakistan. Asif khan will be a key player in 10 m air rifle. Abdullah Hel Baki, who will team up with Asif and Shovan Chowdhury in the team’s 10m air rifles in the SA Games, is also in a very good form.
Sharmin Akhtar, who won Bangladesh a gold medal at the 9th SAF Games has been kept on standby as Sharmin Akhter Ratna, Sadia Sultana and Tripti Datta are set to compete in both individual and team events of 10m air rifles. Gold-winning shooter of the Commonwealth Championship and 8th SAF games Sabrina sultana is expected to grab gold in 50m rifle prone.
Although Bangladesh won just two silvers in the last SAF games in Colombo, it hoped that the shooters will wipe out the shocking performance with success in this edition of the SA Games. If Bangladesh shooters do their job well and play to their potentials, shooting can be a goldmine for host Bangladesh.
Shooting Squad: 10m air rifles (women): Sharmin Akhter Ranta, Syeda Sadia Sultana, Tripti Datta and Sharmin Akter (reserved); 10m air rifle (men) Abdullah Hel Baki, Asif Hossain Khan, Shovon Chowdhury and Mahmudul Hasan (reserved); 25m pistol (women): Sinthia Nazneen, Mitti Dewan and Antara Islam; 25m pistol (men): Hafizur Rahman, Moksedur Rahman and Selim Azad; 50m rifle (men): Towfique Shahriar, Ramjan Ali and Abdullah Hel Baki; 50m rifle (women): Sabrina Sultana, Tripti Dutta and Sharmin Shilpa; 10m air pistol (women): Armin Asha, Sinthia Nazneen and Farhana Kawser; 10m air pistol (men): Hafizur Rahman, Moksedur Rahman and Selim Azad; 50m pistol (men): Nadimul Islam, Selim Azad and Hafizur Rahman; skeet (men): Iqbal Islam, Nuruddin Selim and Altamash Kabir.

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