San Marino, a country of just 34,000 people, Burkina Faso (20.90 million) and Turkmenistan (61.13 million), all three have been removed from the difficult list of countries that have never won. not even an Olympic medal. While Bangladesh, a country of 163 million people, still bears the label of the most numerous but unsuccessful nation in the history of the Olympic Games, after another fruitless campaign in Tokyo, the tenth in total.
In the last 36 years since his maiden appearance at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Bangladesh has only competed in the Olympics and continued to gain experience, while neighboring countries such as India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have registered their names in list of Olympic medals. a long time ago. This edition of the Olympics saw India win seven medals, including one gold.
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So far, and not so well, about 44 athletes from Bangladesh have competed in six disciplines – athletics, swimming, shooting, archery, gymnastics and golf – without significant performances. And to add to the injury, in most cases, the athletes could not even match their best scores in the Games.
Bangladesh’s main points at the Olympics are golfer Siddiqur Rahman and archer Ruman Sana, who competed in the Rio Olympics in 2016 and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 respectively, based on their value. However, the rest of the athletes could only participate wildly, due to the kindness of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the spirit of the Olympic values that focuses on the integration of all nations.
Although it would be difficult to find an optimistic person who was willing to bet on the Bangladeshi athletes to win a medal at the Games this time, the Tokyo Olympics saw a new record of 93 nations – the largest list of countries that won medals at any Olympics in history-to get on the podium of medal distribution.
Obviously, a world-class sports infrastructure, which only developed countries can create and maintain, is the key to the success of the Olympics, but in our time, the use of the rapidly evolving field of sports science is not limited to developed countries, rather smaller nations reap rewards from it. The focus on – creative methods of guidance, cooperation and exchange of ideas between nations and gender mainstreaming – has proven to be the key support factors throughout history.
It is true that an increasing number of eligible athletes for the Olympics immediately increases the chances of winning a medal in a nation, but the obvious flawed system with no long-term plans comes from rudimentary training facilities, coaches, with minimal focus on conservation. Athletes’ health and financial stability are among the major obstacles to the creation of world-class athletes in Bangladesh.
Without a doubt, Bangladesh is light years away from winning an Olympic medal with athletes in red and green still competing in the South Asian Regional Games (SA). Even then, the archery and shooting industry showed vivid glimmers of hope to break the junk of an Olympic medal. Now given the impact of the aforementioned sports, the logical thing to do for Bangladesh is to prioritize these two areas and create cutting-edge facilities as soon as possible, such as gold medals from South Korean archers. For example, their training grounds are set up with facilities that can generate artificial wind and rain, among other things, so that Korean archers can adapt to the most precarious conditions during large situations with relative ease compared to their opponents.
Athletes in Bangladesh at youth level, especially in individual events, are generally groomed with the sole incentive to find work in Service Teams such as the Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy, Bangladesh Air Force or Bangladesh Ansar instead of their gaze on Olympic glory. This had led to a seemingly mediocre mentality where the dream of the Olympics is limited to simply participating in the Games, while the thoughts of winning a medal remain beyond the wildest imagination.
Another bitter truth from the Bangladeshi context is that local coaches can only elevate athletes to a certain level, after which, athletes gradually and invariably lag behind when competing against overseas opponents due to their lower level of progress. However, there may have been some exceptions where athletes have managed to overcome every possibility with simple determination and willpower.
With Bangladesh still lacking any proper sports policy, the government and sports federations have a responsibility to create a sports environment combined with a fairly large talent that will inspire young people across the country to dream realistically. aim for the glory of the Olympic Games. By investing properly and honestly in the top training facilities, quality coaches to raise the quality of the overall infrastructure to a world-class level, the elusive dream could come true at the upcoming 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. But the clock keeps ringing like never before. And with each passing day, the rest of the nations are moving even further, especially the 69 nations outside of Bangladesh that have not yet won the Olympics.