Bangladesh’s hopes of earning a quota place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics fell apart when the men in red and green failed to make it to the men’s recurve team event’s quarterfinals in Hyundai World Archery Championships after losing in 6-2 sets against South Korea in pre-quarterfinals in Netherlands yesterday.
Eight quarterfinalists in men’s recurve team event will get direct entry to the Olympics. Bangladesh needed to create a small piece of history, but the defeat against Olympic gold medallists South Korea was always expected.
However, it can be considered a positive outcome that Bangladesh team, comprising Ruman Sana, Tamimul Islam and Hakib Ahmed Rubel, won a set against South Korea after having fought hard in the first two sets. There was even an opportunity to win the fourth set when Korea scored 56 out of 60, but Bangladesh managed to score only 50.
In compound individual events, Ashim Kumar Das and Susmita Banik were eliminated from the first round after moving into the elimination round.
Das, who became 80th out of 137 archers in qualification round, lost by 134-147 points against England’s Adam Ravenscroft while Banik, who finished 60th among 97 archers in qualification round, fought neck and neck with Estonian archer Emily Hoim before suffering narrowly a 137-134 points defeat in the first round.
Bangladesh will now fight in recurve individual and recurve mixed events.