The Bangabandhu 12th National Archery Championships are all set to get underway in Cox's Bazar today, with the aim giving the national archers an opportunity to cope with adverse conditions they often face while taking part in tournaments overseas.
The championships, sponsored by City Group, will see approximately 150 archers from 40 teams taking part over five days. The competitions will feature 10 events, five each in recurve and compound.
National archers like Ruman Sana, Abdul Hakim Rubel, Tamimul Islam, Iti Khatun, Shaymoli Roy and Beauty Roy will get the experience of shooting in open space at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in the coastal city.
Ruman Sana, the premier archer of the country, is expected to face similar windy conditions during the Tokyo Olympics this year.
"Archers often face problems adjusting to windy conditions abroad. So we have arranged this championship for them to cope with that in Cox's Bazar. If the sponsors allow us to stage the national championships in such settings in future, we will continue to hold the championships so that the archers get acclimatized to playing in such tough conditions," Bangladesh Archery Federation's general secretary Kazi Razibuddin Ahmed Chapal said yesterday.