“He did this in the past too and had apologised, so we did not take any action at that time. But when he repeated this, we gave him the punishment,” he said, without giving details of the previous incident.

The ban was effective immediately but Shana would be allowed to train during his suspension, Ahmed said.

“Hopefully, he will realise his fault and return as a better player,” he added.

Gender abuse is an issue in Bangladesh: a Human Rights Watch report cited statistics saying more than 70 per cent of married women or girls in the country have faced some form of intimate partner abuse, about half of whom said their partners had physically assaulted them.

Shana won the bronze medal in the recurve bow at the 2019 World Archery Championships, becoming only the second Bangladeshi to qualify directly for the Olympics in any sport, although he was eliminated in the second round in Tokyo.

Shana accepted his punishment, which was made public on Monday, and regretted his action.

“I did commit an abominable crime and admitted my mistake,” he told the Daily Star newspaper. “At that time, I was in trouble with scholarship and family issues. I accepted the punishment and I have nothing more to say.”