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12:00 AM, March 26, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:43 AM, March 26, 2020

‘Have more time to prepare for deferred Olympics’

Bangladesh's top archer Ruman Sana is apparently pleased with the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics because the 24-year-old archer will get more time to prepare for the Games, now set to be held in 2021.

"For me, the postponement of Tokyo Olympics is good news because I could not take part in some international archery tournaments, which were also canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Now, I will get more time to prepare by taking part in those tournaments and can take part in the Tokyo Olympics with better preparation," said Ruman, who became only Bangladesh's second athlete to qualify for the Olympics directly after reaching the semifinals in the World Archery Championships in the Netherlands in 2019.

"We may not have faced a big problem yet, but the situation in Europe is not good, so how would the archers have come to take part in Olympics? I think it is a good decision to postpone Tokyo Olympics," said Ruman.

Ruman, along with other archers, had been in the training camp at the Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master Stadium in Tongi till Monday as part of his Olympic preparations, but the camp has been suspended for nearly two weeks to accommodate army personnel, who were deployed by the government to assist the local administration in the battle against coronavirus.

"The suspension of the training camp is a bit of a problem but it is a problem for all. Because, we can't expect everything will go to plan in such a situation and we have to adjust in this situation as well as keep ourselves ready," said Ruman.

"Before leaving the stadium yesterday afternoon [Tuesday], I heard the postponement news from my German coach Peter Fredrick, who also gave me some tips to practise at home," said Ruman, adding that he would now follow the instructions to maintain his physical fitness by doing exercises at home and wait for the next directive from Bangladesh Archery Federation on whether training will resume after April 4.

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