Bangladesh won three medals in the 22nd Teer Asian Archery Championship which concluded today at Bangladesh Army Stadium in the city's Banani.
On the last day of the championship, the Bangladesh archery team comprising Hakim Ahmed Rubel and promising archer Diya Siddique secured the silver medal in the recurve mixed team event losing by 1-5 sets to their Korean pair Lee Seungyun and Royoo Su Sung in the final.
Earlier, Bangladesh won the first medal on the second day of the tournament. Bangladesh archers (Nasrin, Beauty Roy and Diya Siddique) beat Vietnam by 5-3 sets to win the bronze medal.
Bangladesh won the second medal on the same day. In the recurve men's team event, the Bangladesh archery team comprising Ruman Sana, Mohammad Hakim Ahmed Rubel and Ram Krishna Shaha won the bronze by defeating Kazakhstan by 6-2
Archery has not yet become a very popular sport in Bangladesh. However, the game has already exceeded a long way in the country and it already proofed by participating directly in the Olympics.
Although the archers of Bangladesh have not won any medal yet in the Olympics, qualifying to play in the Olympics directly is undoubtedly a great achievement in the country's sports arena.
Bangladesh could not win any medal in the Olympics but ace archer Ruman Sana made the nation proud by winning a silver medal as a runner-up in the Archery World Cup and this time Bangladesh also end the medal drought by winning medals for the first time in the Asian Archery.
Considering the opponent teams and their strength, it'll not be wise to underestimate Asian Championship compared to World Cup because Olympic gold-winning Korea is taking part in this tournament. Vietnam and India are also the two powerful teams of this tournament.
Bangladesh first took part in the 13th edition of Asian Archery held in 2003. Bangladesh Archery Federation organized the 2017 edition of the championship in Dhaka, but Bangladesh remained medal-less in that championship. Before that Bangladesh could not win any medal in Asian Championship even though participated on eight occasions.
However, the archers finally broke the jinx in the 22nd edition of the championship by winning three medals including one silver and two bronze.