PRO GOLF AT SA GAMES?

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“Bangladesh have bright chance of
retaining the gold medals as Indian professional golfers were unlikely to take part in the games as there is no prize money allocated for the discipline.

-Fakharuddin Haider, Director General of BOA

Two-time Asian Tour winner Siddikur Rahman could lead Bangladesh team in next year’s South Asian Games in Kathmandu after the South Asia Olympic Council decided to allow the professional golfers in the meet, said a Bangladesh Olympic Association official.

Golf was first introduced in the SA Games in Dhaka in 2010 but only the amateur players were allowed to compete. Siddikur watched from the stand as Bangladesh won both individual and team gold at home turf.
The event was dropped in the 2016 edition in Guwahati and Shillong before games organisers decided to bring it back for the next edition in Kathmandu, scheduled from March 9-18, 2019.

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A meeting of the South Asia Olympic Council in Kathmandu on July 21 decided that professional golfers also can represent their countries, said BOA’s director general Fakharuddin Haider.

“The committee meeting has taken a preliminary decision to make the professional golfers eligible for the upcoming SA Games. So we are hopeful with our professional golfers like Siddikur Rahman, Jamal Hossain Mollah and Shakhawat Hossain Sohel,” he said.

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Haider said Bangladesh have bright chance of retaining the gold medals as Indian professional golfers were unlikely to take part in the Games as there is no prize money allocated for the discipline.

Siddikur has already represented Bangladesh in the Olympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

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