The Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) president and Army Chief General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan expressed his frustration over the performance of the Bangladesh contingent in the just concluded Commonwealth Games and instructed to trim the squad for the upcoming Asian Games, which will be held in Incheon, Korea from September 19 to October 4.
The high ups of BOA, including secretary general Syed Shahed Reza met the BOA president yesterday in Cantonment to appraise Bangladesh's performance in the Commonwealth Games as well as the status of Bangladesh's participation in the Asian Games.
“The BOA president is frustrated with the performances of the Bangladeshi athletes in the Commonwealth Games. Everything including the performance of the officials has also been discussed in the meeting. He has instructed us to select the Asian Games squad in light of success of the Commonwealth Games. He said the contingent will not be sent only for travelling like previous occasions,” said BOA joint secretary general Badal Roy.
Seeking anonymity, another BOA official said, “The president instructed us to reduce the number of athletes and participating disciplines as much as possible. I think the number of disciplines may be reduced to half from initial 21.”
“Those who failed in the exam (Commonwealth Games) should be kept out of the Asian Games contingents and the number of officials should also be made as few as possible,” said the source, quoting the BOA president.
The BOA has preliminary penciled a 220-member mega contingent for 21 disciplines and the last date of sending entries is August 15.
The members of the BOA executive committee will sit in an emergency meeting today to finalise the disciplines and athletes for the Asian Games.