Women's archery team eliminated from Tokyo Olympics pre-qualifier
With the men recurve team being eliminated from the pre-quarterfinals of the Final Qualification tournament for 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, Bangladesh women's recurve team also produced frustrating results and were eliminated from the first round in Paris today.
Bangladesh, who finished 22nd out of 28 teams in the qualification round, suffered a 5-1 set points defeat to 11th-ranked Slovenia to crash out from the tournament.
Bangladesh's Mahanaz Akhter Moneera, Diya Siddique and Beauty Roy were defeated 47-44 in the first set before losing the second set 55-51. To take the game to the fourth set, Bangladesh needed an outright win in the third set but they could only manage a 54-54 draw and Slovenia took the game away from Bangladesh to enter the second round.
Earlier, in the qualification round, Moneera became 29th out of 62 participants with a score of 618 while Diya and Beauty finished 35th and 45th making 607 and 598 respectively.
Meanwhile, Ruman Sana is the lone archer who qualified directly for July-August Tokyo Olympics after finishing top four in World Archery Championships in Netherlands in 2019.
Now, the participation of any other Bangladeshi archers in Tokyo Olympics will depend on the wild cards, which are awarded by the Olympic Committee to different nations to ensure the spirit of Olympics.
The competition will be completed on June 20 (Sunday) and from 21st June, Asia Cup stage three matches for both men and women will be held in the same venue.