An 11-member Bangladesh archery contingent will leave for Lausanne, Switzerland next Sunday to take part in the World Cup Stage-2 with moderate hopes.
Bangladesh will be represented by seven recurve archers and one compound archer in the tournament, which will feature top archers from 35 countries and will be held from May 17 to 23. Two coaches and an official of the Bangladesh Archery Federation (BAF) will accompany the archers.
The Bangladeshi archers will compete in six events: men's recurve individual and team, women's recurve individual and team, recurve mixed team and men's compound individual.
Four male recurve archers along with three female recurve archers and a single compound archer make up the eight-member team.
Talking about expectations from this tournament at a press conference at the BOA auditorium yesterday, BAF's general secretary Kazi Razibuddin Ahmed Chapal said they are not expecting anything big as the players are participating in an international event after 16 months. They are taking this tournament as a platform for next month's World Cup Stage-3 in Paris, he said, where there will be three Olympic quota places up for grabs.
The team's head coach Martin Frederick expressed his satisfaction in the performance of the archers, especially the female ones, in recent times following a long break due to the pandemic. He said that the archers, including the country's top recurve archer Ruman Sana, are close to their best, which they proved in the recent three-day trial for this tournament. The German coach also expressed high hopes about compound archer Ashim Kumar Das, who recently set a new national record.