Kriralok Desk: Bangladeshi table tennis players have made history in the Maldives. Bangladesh was getting the fragrance of winning gold in the boys under-19 team event of the South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championship yesterday. Today Sri Lanka was the opponent in front of Bangladesh. After losing to Pakistan, Maldives and Nepal the day before, a win against Sri Lanka was needed to win gold today. In the end, Bangladesh secured a gold win in an international event for the first time by defeating Sri Lanka 3-2.
Ramhim Leon Bom, Muhtasin Ahmed and Nafis Iqbal have played in this Bangladesh team of table tennis. Earlier, Rupa Joy was Bangladesh’s highest achievement in table tennis at the international level. That too in the South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championship. In the 2003 tournament held in Dhaka, Sonam Sultana and Moumita Alam won silver in the girls doubles. After almost 19 years, another success was caught by the players of Bangladesh.
Mohammad Ali, the coach of the national team, was naturally overwhelmed after winning the gold.
The renovation work of the Shaheed Tajuddin Indoor Stadium in Paltan has also disrupted the practice of table tennis. But the Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation did not stop the practice completely. The players have practiced to get only a few tables in the two-storey verandah of the National Sports Council. Everyone has continued to practice even in the rosary. Mohammad Ali said that the effort did not fail, “We have been practicing for almost a year and a half with the aim of doing well in this tournament. We left our house after Iftar during last Ramadan and reached Paltan and practiced till Sahri. I did not stop practicing for a single day. I even came here and practiced till late at night. This time the result of that hard work has matched. “