A presser organized by Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) held at its own premises in Dhaka on August 8. -AA
Bangladesh will take part in the 18th Asian Games, the biggest athletic bonanza in Asian region after the Olympic, will kick off on August 18 in Indonesia. A 163-member contingent including 117 athletes will represent the country, Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) announced yesterday during a presser held at its premises.
Indonesia which is recently jolted by a strong earthquake will host almost 15,000 athletes and officials from 45 Asian nations will battle for the gold medals of the 463 events of the 16-day meet.
The country is hosting the Asian Games for the 2nd times after Jakarta Games 1962 under President Soekarno and for the first time, the Asian Games are being co-hosted in two cities. BOA announced that 12th South Asian Games gold winning wrestler Mabia Akhter will carry the national flag of Bangladesh in the march past of the opening ceremony on August 18.
Out of the 40 discipline of sports, Bangladesh will compete in 14 sports-Archery, Athletics, Basketball, Golf, Football, Beach Volleyball, Bridge, Hockey, Kabaddi, Shooting, Swimming, Weightlifting, Wresting and Rowing. Of the 14 sports, Bangladesh excepting good results in Shooting, Archery and Kabaddi.
Secretary General of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) Syed Shahed Reza disclosed the details and preparations of the Bangladesh team for Asian Games at a press conference. BOA Deputy Secretary General Ashiqur Rahman Miku and Asaduzzaman Kohinoor, Treasurer Kazi Rajibuddin Ahmed Chapal and Deputy Chief De Mission of Bangladesh Contingent AK Sarkar were also present on the occasion.
Although the games will formally inaugurate on Aug 18, but football competition will begin on August 14 and the Bangladesh football team, now in South Korea for preparations, will reach Indonesia on Aug 11.
In the 16th Asian Games held in the Chinese city of Guangzhou in 2010, Bangladesh men's cricket team won gold medal, women's cricket team earned silver medal and women's kabaddi team won the bronze medal.
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