• Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Glasgow 2014
XX Commonwealth Games

Baki the only glimmer

Sports Reporter

Shooter Abdullah Hel Baki remained the only success story from the 20th Commonwealth Games for Bangladesh as all Bangladesh participants completed their events by yesterday.

The silver medalist in the 10m Air Rifle event returned to the country, along with 20 athletes from three other disciplines, to a warm welcome from the Bangladesh Shooting Federation (BSF) and Bangladesh Olympic Association officials at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on July 29.

The 25-year-old shooter, who had won the bronze medal in the 10-metre Air Rifle team event in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, has been declared a reward of Tk 7 lakh by the BSF.

“I'm thankful to BOA as they have provided us with all kinds of assistance, including a foreign coach and a peaceful environment, which helped me to build my confidence,” said Baki yesterday when speaking to reporters about his achievement in the Games.

Baki, who lost to India's Olympic champion shooter Abhinav Bindra, feels that the difference between the facilities and exposure between the two countries is immense, which is the reason India are winning so many medals from shooting in international events while Bangladesh are lagging behind.

“Indian shooters participate in the international competitions regularly and they are preparing throughout the year under quality coaches but we did not get this type of facilities. That's why it is not possible for us to continue good form,” said Baki, who became only the second Bangladeshi individual medal winner from the Commonwealth games after Asif Hossain Khan won a gold medal in the same event in 2002, beating a young Bindra at the time.

Apart from Baki, two other Bangladeshi shooters -- Sharmin Akter Ratna and Armin Asha -- managed to qualify for the final round of the women's 10m Air Rifle and women's 10m Pistol, but both failed to get into the medals tally.

The rest of the eight disciplines in which Bangladeshi athletes took part only yielded failures. Table tennis player Manash Chowdhury lost in 4-0 games against Shakrin Ibrahim of Malaysia in a first-round singles match yesterday while in doubles, Mahbub Billah and Manash lost in straight 3-0 games against their Guyanese counterparts in the first-round match on Wednesday.

Bangladesh's fastest sprinter Mezbah Ahmed was disqualified in the 200m sprint heats on Wednesday while fastest female sprinter Shirin Akter finished the women's 200m sprint in 39th position (26.41 seconds) out of 41 competitors on the same day.

Bangladesh's lone gymnast Quazi Syque Caesar failed to qualify for the final of the men's individual all-round gymnastics event after he lost against Trinidad and Tobago competitor William Albert in the qualification match on Tuesday.

In badminton, Aiman Ibne Zaman and Mohammed Haque lost the badminton men's doubles round-of-32 match in straight 2-0 games against their Australian counterparts on Tuesday while Aiman, who had won his first-round singles match against a Ugandan opponent on Tuesday, lost in the second round against a Singaporean opponent the following day.

Published: 12:01 am Friday, August 01, 2014

Last modified: 1:02 am Friday, August 01, 2014

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