A six-player Bangladesh bridge team will leave for Wuhan City in China to participate in the 44th World Bridge Team Championships, with the target of faring better than the previous world event.
Bangladesh had finished 22nd out of 22 teams despite beating a few favourites in their maiden appearance in the world’s premiere bridge event two years ago in Lyon, France. This time the wants to finish within the top 16 among 24 participating teams in the championship, which will be held from September 14 to 28.
“I would be very happy and would even reward the players if Bangladesh can finish in 18th position this time,” Bangladesh Bridge Federation’s president Mushfiqur Rahman Mohan told reporters during a press conference at the Bangladesh Olympic Association yesterday.
There is reason for such optimism, according to the federation president, after the team emerged champions in zone 4 of the qualifying campaign from among 11 nations, beating the likes of India and Pakistan on their way.
The members of the Bangladesh team are: Ziaul Haque, Monirul Islam, AHM Kamruzzaman, Moshiur Rahman, Asifur Rahman Chowdhury and Rashedul Ahsan, five of whom were part of the Bangladesh team in Lyon two years ago.
The press conference was also attended by the federation’s general secretary Abdul Quddus. Both the president and the general secretary urged the government to help the federation financially and logistically.