Bangladesh's celebrated archer Ruman Shana has been promoted to the post of Lance Naik of Bangladesh Ansar & VDP.
Director-General of Ansar & VDP Major General Kazi Sharif Kaikobad adorned badges to Shana, recognising his achievements in Archery on Tuesday at the headquarters Ansar & VDP in Khilgaon area.
Besides, Vice President of Bangladesh Olympic Association and Parliament Member Mahabub Ara Begum Gini,
Additional Director General of Ansar & VDP Brigadier General AKM Asif Iqbal, Director of Sports and Culture Nurul Hasan Faridi and other distinguished personalities were present on the occasion.
"We recognise our athletes every year. We have promoted Ruman Shana to Lance Naik recognising his achievements in SA Games and other international events. Hopefully, he will continue his performance in the upcoming Bangabandhu Games and will bring glory for Ansar & VDP," said Major General Kazi Sharif Kaikobad.
After getting promoted, Shana said, "I belong to a middle-class family. The promotion will increase my salary and allowances. It will be helpful for my mother and family."
The 24-year-old archer from Khulna has created history in the country's sports arena by securing a spot in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 from the World Archery Championship in the Netherlands in June last year. With the feat, Shana became the second Bangladeshi athlete to qualify in the Olympics on merit after golfer Siddikur Rahman, who took part in the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Shana also claimed the first bronze medal in the world meet beating celebrated Dutch archer Van Den Berg Sjef in the quarterfinal after beating two-time world champion Kim Woojin of South Korea in the elimination round.
The feat boosted his morale and the Khulna boy made a new history in the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal in December. Shana secured a total of three gold medals -- two in team events and one in singles events – along with his two other teammates Eti Khatun and Md Sohel Rana.
The trio became the best Bangladeshi athletes in the regional games after swimmer Mosharraf Hossain Khan, who secured a record five gold medals for Bangladesh in a single edition -- three in individual events and two in relay--in the 2nd SAF Games (presently SA Games) in Dhaka in 1985.
Besides, Ruman Shana clinched his first gold in Asia Cup-World Ranking Archery Tournament (Stage-3) in the Philippines in September. It was his 3rd individual international gold medal after claiming gold medals in the 1st Asian Archery Grand Pix'2014 in Thailand and in the International Archery Tournament'2017 in Kyrgyzstan.
Apart from these, Shana bagged one gold medal in a national-level archery competition this year. He bagged gold in recurve men singles of Modhumoti Bank Bangladesh Cup Archery (Stage-3) in Tongi in September.