Bangladesh's champion archer Ruman Sana has been named the breakthrough athlete of the year by the World Archery Federation on February 9. Bangladesh's German coach Martin Frederick bagged the coach of the year award.
"Bangladesh’s Ruman Sana and Martin Frederick were chosen as breakthrough athlete and coach of 2019, following the 24-year-old’s historic bronze medal at the world championships. The podium finish qualified Bangladesh’s first spot to an Olympic Games," said the article on the World Archery Federation website.
Ruman achieved many an accolade in 2019. The 24-year-old from Khulna started the year with a silver medal in the 3rd ISSF World Ranking Championship in Dhaka in February before winning a bronze medal in World Archery Championship in Netherlands in June, securing a quota place for next year’s Olympics. He added a gold medal to his growing cabinet in the Asia Cup (Stage-3) in Philippines in September before the three-gold haul in the South Asian Games in Pokhara, where Bangladesh made a clean sweep of the medals tally in archery.
Sana was also nominated in the Recurve men category, which was won by Brady Ellison of the USA.