Dhaka – Bangladeshi celebrated archer Mohammad Ruman Shana has been chosen as World Archery Breakthrough Athlete, 2019 by the World Archery Federation.
German coach of Bangladesh National Archery team Martin Frederick was also named as the best coach in breakthrough category along with seven other awardees under different categories.
The World Archery Federation announced the names of the awardees on Sunday night at Las Vegas in the USA at the closing ceremony of World Indoor Archery Championship.
The final selection for the awards was made with public and expert votes through online voting which started month ago.
Earlier, the World Archery Federation published a short list of their nominees in each category.
Bangladeshi archer Ruman Shana was also short listed for the best recurve archer award, but finally he couldn’t get the award in this category. USA archer Baddi Alison got the best man recurve archer award.
After receiving the good news, Ruman Shana said, “I am really happy to know this. It is a great honor for me,”
Shana believed that he got this award through his dedication. “Last year I worked very hard and got its result.”
In 2019, Ruman Shana earned 14 medals in different competitions. Of them, a historic bronze medal in the World Archery Championship in the Netherland gave the 24-year old Shana to snatch Bangladesh’s first direct spot in the Tokyo Olympic Games in Archery.
In the recently concluded South Asian Games in Nepal, Ruman Shana clinched three gold medals. Ruman gave his all credit to his coach Martin for his brilliant success.
Archery awards winners of 2019
Recurve men: Brady Ellison, USA
Recurve women: Kang Chae Young, Korea
Compound men: Mike Schloesser, Netherlands
Compound women: Sara Lopez, Colombia
Para men: Ben Thompson, USA
Para women: AlimNurSyahidah, Singapore
Breakthrough: Ruman Shana, Bangladesh
Coach: Martin Frederick, Bangladesh
Judge: Karla Cabrera, Philippines . UNB