Back on her bike, Carr targets Olympic medal for Thailand
and the Royal London Oneday Cup.
But his participation was thrown into uncertainty by the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB’s) medical team, which feared that the cricketer might be burnt out after gruelling campaigns in the ICC World Twenty20 and Indian Premier League.
“Our medical team has given a positive report about Mustafizur Rahman’s physical condition,” BCB spokesman Jalal Yunus said.
“He is doing fine in training at the moment and we expect him to improve by the time he leaves for the UK. He will leave for England on July 13 subject to visa availability,” he said.
Mustafizur helped Sunrisers Hyderabad win their maiden IPL title with 17 wickets from 16 matches.—AFP BANGKOK—Amanda Carr didn’t let the disappointment of missing selection for the 2012 Olympics hold her back for long.
She got back on her BMX, changed direction and is now finalizing her packing plans for Rio de Janeiro, and harboring genuine medal ambitions. Just not for the U.S.
Carr will be representing Thailand in Rio, having switched allegiance after missing a spot on the U.S. team for London four years ago. She has already won a gold medal for Thailand at the 2014 Asian Games. A dual U.S.-Thai citizen from Punta Gorda, Florida, Carr been racing BMX since she was five.
She won her age-group events at the BMX World Championships in 2005 and 2006 but, realizing she would not be quite old enough to be eligible for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, she put the sport aside and decided to work toward becoming a student athlete. She won a soccer scholarship to North Carolina State. After a transfer to Florida State she trained in heptathlon.
It was in her dorm room in North Carolina, watching the Beijing Olympics on TV, when she had a sudden realization.
‘’That’s when I saw BMX and thought ‘I’ve raced all those girls before, I can do this,’’’ she told The Associated Press during a recent visit to Thailand. ‘’From there, that was when the path came back to BMX and to the Olympics.’’
Carr joined the U.S. national team training program and, with her years of top-level experience and elite fitness standards, she had a strong chance at qualifying for London. Final selection came down to performances at the world championships in Birmingham, England.
‘’I really did have a fighting shot,’’ Carr re- called. ‘’In the quarterfinals the top four would transfer on to the semifinals. I was top four going into the first turn, and the first person fell. One person lost a little bit of control, and it caused us to domino.’’ After years of preparation, her London Olympic dream was over because of a collision in which she was blameless.
‘’It is ruthless, and that’s what a lot of us love and hate about it at the same time,’’ Carr said. ‘’Growing up, we just understood that’s what the sport entails. —AFP