12:00 AM, January 17, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 17, 2011

Asif axed from higher training

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Commonwealth gold medallist Asif Hossain Khan has been excluded from a four-member squad for the advanced training offered by the International Olympic Council ahead of the 2012 Olympic in London.
The executive committee of National Shooting Federation of Bangladesh has picked up promising shooter Saida Sultana, back-in-form Sharmin Akhter, Abdullah Hel Baki and Ramjan Ali but axed Asif and Armin Asha from IOC scholarship for one year.
“Considering poor performance in the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, Asif and Armin have been excluded and those who have potential have been given chances for one-year advanced training to be provided by the International Olympic Council,” said NSF general secretary Istiaq Ahmed Bablu.
Bablu informed that the names of the shooters would be sent to the IOC through Bangladesh Olympic Association and take steps as per IOC instruction.
Meanwhile, Sharmin Akhter Ranta pulled herself out of the IOC scholarship intending to learn from Slovakian coach Anthony Ballack, who will teach Sharmin through internet till June.
The meeting also approved the proposal of building two training centers at Gulshan (air rifle) and Savar (skeet) in a bid to create opportunities for general shooters.

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