KHAN Asif < Back  
Sport Shooting
CGA Bangladesh   
Gender Men
Born 15 Feb 1986 in Pabna, BAN
Height1.70 m
Weight 62 kg
Human Interest
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? When he was a student of class four.
Why this sport? Two of his maternal uncles were members of the Pabna Rifle Club where Khan started to pick up shooting. The 'family factor' was also important in his decision to pick shooting over athletics, which he admits to be based on 'a sense of responsibility than anything else.'
Handedness Right
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement His gold medal in the 10m air rifle event at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. "Frankly, it was not until I stood on the podium to receive my medal with our national anthem playing in the background that the magnitude of achievement began to sink in." (thedailystar.net, 14 Jun 2006)
Most influential person in career His mother, who 'has constantly pushed him to test himself' and had been telling him that he 'should stick to shooting because it was in his blood'. He also acknowledges the help of all his coaches in helping him to reach the stage that he is in today. (thedailystar.net, 14 Jun 2006)
Awards and honours He was named the Bangladeshi Athlete of the Year in 2002 by the Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association. (The Independent, 14 Jun 2006)

Was picked to light the Queen's Baton when it passed through Bangladesh prior to the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. (Total Sports, 14 Jun 2006)
Other sports He was also a very promising athlete and was admitted to the athletics program at Bangladesh's lone sports institute - the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan [BKSP] in 2000. (thedailystar.net, 14 Jun 2006)
Other information GERMAN TRAINING STINT
Khan spent seven weeks at the German Olympic Association shooting facility in preparation for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (The Bangladesh Observer, 11 Aug 2004)

NATIONAL FIRSTS
His gold medal in the 10m air rifle event at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, was Bangladesh's first ever gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. He was only 15 at the time. In 2004, he became the first Bangladeshi to compete in a shooting event at the Olympic Games. (Doha 2006, 01 Jun 2006, thedailystar.net, 14 Jun 2006)