July 13, 2016 - 1:07pm
Siddikur Rahman has become first Bangladeshi sportsman to directly qualify for the Olympic Games after being placed 56th in golfers' list for the forthcoming Rio 2016.
Published on Monday, the latest Olympic rankings, generated using the world rankings, confirmed the 60 contestants who will be participating in the Olympic golf competition.
The Olympics will begin at Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro on Aug 5.
Currently ranked world number 308, Siddikur was the first Bangladeshi to win the Asian Tour title in 2010.
The 31-year-old golfer also holds the honour of being the first from his country to compete in the Golf World Cup in 2013.
"I am definitely feeling great. It is truly a matter of great joy…and pride," an ecstatic Siddikur told bdnews24.com.
"No-one ever received a full card (direct spot) in the past - this has made me more emotional…I hope I can enjoy playing golf in the Olympics."
Buoyed by a runner-up finish in the Mauritius Open in May, Siddikur rose to 274th place in the world rankings which took him to the 54th place for the Olympic qualification as he slipped into contention for the Rio Games.
The Olympic golf race will comprise 60 golfers for men and women competitions each.
A maximum of four players are allowed from each country holding the top 15 positions, according to the International Golf Federation.
Beyond that, a maximum of two players will be eligible from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top 15.
Bangladesh shooter Abdullah Hel Baki, archer Shyamoli Roy and swimmers Mahfizur Rahman Sagar and Sonia Akter Tumpa have received wild card entries into the Rio Games.