Asian archers ready to dazzle today

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Sports Desk

The 20th edition of Asian Archery and the Continental qualification for the summer young Olympics 2018, comprising almost 300 archers from 33 Asian countries begins in Bangladesh on November 25. The official practice has held yesterday while the qualification of main tournament will take kick off today at the Bangabandhu national stadium in Dhaka. The Asian archers are ready to lock horn for the young Olympics 2018, 10 golds, 10 silvers and 30 bronzes in the recurve and compound events. Bangladesh archery Federation (BAF) is hosting the fifth international event, after one South Asian Archery Championship, two Asian Grand Prix events and one Islamic Solidarity Archery Championship events. The BAF President Lt Gen (retd) Md Mainul Islam believes that this event will make the archery more popular in the country. “We work with archery nurturing three dreams among them the number one is popularizing the sports of archery across the country, two-producing some archers who can break the Olympic medal drought and three is making Dhaka as one of the hub of the Asian archery,” said the president. Country’s one of the young potential archers Bonna Akther said, “Archery, though a news sport, has already stirred the sports arena, it is interesting and we have the confidence that we can move ahead.” Another youngster Ruman Shana also has the similar belief, “I firmly believe that Bangladesh can flourish in the international arena and we have the capabilities, we just need some systematic training. The event is all expected to be dominated by South Korea who captured all the titles in Rio Olympic games last year. However, Bangladesh archery team hopes to reach in the qualifiers with their promising performances during the tournament. Meanwhile, Archery is one of the oldest arts in the history of mankind. This ancient art dates to the Stone Age (around 20,000 BC), the earliest people known to have used bows and arrows were the ancient Egyptians at least 5000 years ago for purposes of hunting and warfare. In China, archery dates back to Shang dynasty (1766-1027 BC). During the ensuing Zhou dynasty (1027-256 BC) nobels at court attended sport archery tournaments that were accompanied by music. However, the first known organized archery competition was held in England’s Finsbury in 1538 with the participation of 3000 archers.

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