The appeal of archery to football | The star of the day

The Bangladesh Archery Federation (BAF) yesterday urged the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) to coordinate with them before awarding their Bangladesh Premier League matches to the Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master Stadium in Tongi, which has been exclusively used for archers for the past eight years.

The BFF yesterday unveiled the 66-game first phase of the professional football league starting today by keeping three games a week (33 games in total) at Tongi Stadium, but the BAF protested the decision of the BFF.

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“If the BFF organizes 33 league matches at the archery center, we have to lose 75% of the training time of the national archers, who are preparing to participate in the Asian Games qualifiers in March and the World Cup in April,” BAF President Lt Gen. (Ret’d) Mainul Islam said during a hastily organized press conference at the BAF office at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium.

“We received the football match schedule this afternoon but the BFF did not discuss the schedule with us, even though the award letter from the National Sports Council (NSC) clearly asked the football federation to coordinate the matter with the local government and the Bangladesh Archery Federation.

“The NSC had awarded the stadium only to the archery federation in 2014 and we have fixed everything like water, electricity, security, cleaning and paying bills every month since. Who s take care of these things if football is played here? informed Islam while adding that they would also be questioned by the sponsors if they were unable to continue with the training camp and ranking tournament.

Earnest A. Martinez