Country’s best archer Ruman Sana left for Japan in the early hours of today to take part in the Tokyo 2020 Test Event, an experimental archery tournament for ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics, to be held from July 12 to 18.
Ruman, along with other archers who have qualified for Tokyo Olympics, will be competing at the newly-built Yumenoshima Park Archery Field, which will host the archery events in Olympics next year. Some 128 archers will be competing for five gold medals in this competition.
Having gotten the opportunity to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Test Event, the 24-year-old archer is ecstatic and believes this experience will help him during the Olympics, scheduled for July 24, 2020 to August 9, 2020.
“I will have a mental relief regarding the venue when I will go to compete in Olympics next year. I believe playing at the Olympic venue before the games will increase my mental strength. Besides, I will be acquainted with the weather in Tokyo through this competition,” Ruman said on the eve of his departure yesterday, after having arrived from Germany earlier in the morning following the comlpetion of Archery World Cup Stage 4.
Ruman was eliminated from the third round after losing to gold medallist of World Archery Champions and bronze medallist of 2016 Rio Olympics -- Brady Ellison of United States.
The archer from Khulna, however, believes he would gradually improve his scores over the next one year under the guidance of German coach Martin Frederick.