The much talked about intensive training camp for top athletes ahead of August's Commonwealth Games and September's Asian Games will get underway today in Dhaka Cantonment with 26 athletes from four disciplines taking part.
The Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) has arranged this long-term training schedule to assess the capability of the country's top athletes in shooting, boxing, archery and taekwondo to come close to winning medals at the international level.
The BOA is bringing foreign coaches for each of the disciplines to provide the highest facilities as well as handsome remuneration to each of the athletes and local coaches. Ukrainian boxing coach Gurenko Olexsandr is scheduled to arrive here today while coaches for shooting, archery and taekwondo from South Korea are also expected to arrive within this month.
The camp consisted of 12 shooters, seven archers, four taekwondo athletes and three boxers, who will have to stay inside the Cantonment until the completion of the Asian Games and it is expected that they will get seven to eight months' preparation to fulfil the expectations of BOA.