Bangladesh NOC calls for nominations for Tokyo 2020 Olympic wild cards

© Bangladesh Olympic Association
© Bangladesh Olympic Association

Dhaka, Bangladesh, January 11, 2020: The Bangladesh Olympic Association will send the names of eight athletes from five sports for Olympic wildcards ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The five sports are archery, shooting, weightlifting, boxing and karate. Wildcards are the only avenue for Bangladesh to take part in the Olympics without qualifying for the event.

Bangladesh has one athlete qualified for the Tokyo showpiece – recurve archer Mohammad Ruman, the first archer from the country to make it on his own steam to the Olympics. 

Previously, golfer Siddikur Rahman qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Bangladesh Olympic Association has asked the five federations to choose the name of their top athletes. The deadline for nomination is Wednesday, January 15.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist, shooter Abdullah Hel Baki and female shooter Atkia Hasan Disha have been put forward by shooting.

Female weightlifter and two-time South Asian Games gold medallist Mabia Akter Shimanta was picked by the weightlifting federation.

The Karate and boxing federations have also named top performers from the recent South Asian Games while archery has shortlisted three female recurve archers.