When football takes you to the most polluted country in the world

first_imgJavi Sánchez, physical trainer of the Bashundara Kings Despite the climatic handicap, Óscar Bruzon and Javier Sánchez have discovered a “noble” country in which people “share everything even though they have nothing.” 44% of the population lives in extreme poverty. This is why Bangladesh has up to eight million child laborers. “Seeing them work on the construction site or picking up trash breaks your heart. With the little they earn, many support their family,” says Sánchez, who assures that knowing the reality of other countries has helped him grow personally. “There are many people whose life is an exercise in survival, but in Bangladesh there is also an incipient, young and university population that will be in charge of developing the country in the coming years, “adds Bruzon. Successes based on an exercise in integrity, since Bashundara Kings had to overcome the obstacles of a Federation related to Abahani Limited, the club that dominated local football until the landing of Bruzon in Dhaka. “They have not given us any ease in terms of calendar, breaks, trips or Cup draws. We have accumulated matches in the rainy season, but we have managed to overcome all obstacles with work and determination,” acknowledged the Galician in Migrantes del Balón last August. “The field of the penultimate match we played was a potato field. But not only that, is that it did not have the official measurements! Meters were both long and wide, but the Federation has more power than the club and we had to play“Javier Sánchez details about the last trick against ‘the kings’.’Born to win’. It is the motto of a club that has become a continuous tribute to its claims. When Asian football had to pause because of the coronavirus, Bashundara Kings was just three points behind the league lead. ‘Los reyes’, which last season established the record for consecutive wins in the Bangladesh Premier League (14) debuted in March in the AFC Cup, the Asian ‘Europa League’, where they thrashed (5-1) the Maldivian TC Sports Club. Now everything is different: “Normally, going to the supermarket you risk your life three or four times. If it is not for a car, it is for a motorcycle. If not, for a ‘rickshaw’ -bicytaxi typical in Asia-. Now there is nobody. People are afraid of the virus“Javier Sánchez reveals from his confinement in Dhaka. Win regardless of who weighsBashundara Kings was founded in 2013 and belongs to Bashundara Group, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Bangladesh. The club, whose main objective is “to involve young people in national sport to eradicate social ills”, rose to the highest category in 2018 and, already with Óscar Bruzon on the bench, he was proclaimed league champion in the year of his elite debut. “They offered us a new project, including modern training facilities, a stadium whose works are finished before the end of the year and a loyal fans and young people who are already seeing us as the country’s hope to compete in the international context,” he details. the Vigo coach, who it also conquered the Independence Cup in 2019 and the Federation Cup in January of this year.Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is classified as “unhealthy”.Javi Sánchezcenter_img “The field did not have the official measurements. There were meters both long and wide, but the Federation has more power than the club and we had to play” Bangladesh is the most polluted country in the world. Its water contains chromium, a carcinogen, and the air is classified as “unhealthy”. Acoustic pollution is also a problem: “If you get into a traffic jam you can have a bad time. The noise is constant. You go crazy,” says Andalusian Javier Sánchez from Dhaka. “The water is not worse than what you find in other Asian countries, but I don’t plan to drink it either. It causes heartburn or ulcers … There are many people who take antacid. I have had gastroenteritis in two years here, but little else“adds the physical trainer of Bashundara Kings, reigning champion of the Bangladeshi Premier League.Javier Sánchez, from Huelva by birth and canary by adoption, arrived in Bangladesh from the Galician coach Óscar Bruzon in the summer of 2018. “We are lucky to live on the outskirts of the city. It is a green area, more virgin, but Poor air quality is also noted. Until you adjust, you feel like your lungs are not filling and you have trouble breathing. The air is not pure, but you get used to it “, details the Andalusian, who also highlights the poor visibility:” When we travel by plane, dust clouds are appreciated. You don’t see much further. “Prolonged exposure to air as unhealthy as Dhaka can lead to respiratory and skin conditions. Bashundara has unexpectedly found a sporting benefit:” The air is denser and teams from outside are it’s hard to breathe. “last_img read more