Back on her bike, Carr tar­gets Olympic medal for Thai­land

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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

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