Mohammad Shahjahan Prodhan was less than ecstatic after his eldest son Abdullah Hel Baki missed out on a gold medal in the 10 metre Air Rifle event of 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland yesterday.
“I thought he would win the gold but he could not show best,” Shahjahan told the Daily Star on his way to Dhaka from Gazipur. “But I believe he will win gold medal in the Commonwealth Games one day.”
After having settled for a silver medal, Baki telephoned his father from Scotland and was informed that the news had already reached the family, relatives and well-wishers.
Shahjahan, who was himself a footballer at the district level, informed that Baki was supposed to become a gymnast but was shifted to the shooting discipline at the BKSP two years after his admission in gymnastics due to jaundice he had suffered. Doctors had advised Baki not to participate in any physical sports and thus he chose shooting.