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Thursday, December 19, 2013

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(Clockwise from left) Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club players relish the moment of watching the Fifa World Cup trophy, BFF president Kazi Salahuddin and DMP Commissioner Benazir Ahmed grace the opening ceremony and a group of young spectators in high spirits in front of the trophy at the Radisson Blu Hotel yesterday MUMIT M

team conspicuous Gala affair at World Cup display National by their absence n Raihan Mahmood

The glittering and gorgeous Fifa World Cup trophy enthralled sports lovers of the country, who flocked in droves to the Radisson Hotel yesterday to catch a glimpse of world sports’ most coveted prize. Amid a blockade declared by the mainstream opposition party, no less than 9,500 sports enthusiasts made it to the hotel for the once in a lifetime opportunity and their delight was doubled when pictures they took with the trophy were efficiently delivered to them within two minutes. The code printed on the picture also revealed that the pictures will appear in the Fifa’s website in the trophy tour section. A festive atmosphere prevailed at the hotel and there was a long queue of people waiting outside the hotel

before the official procedure started at 9:00am. The commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Benazir Ahmed and the president of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Kazi Salahuddin were present at the short inaugural ceremony. Kazi Salahuddin later added that the venue was shifted from the Bangabandhu National Stadium to Radisson as requested by the organisers. The BFF chief himself was thrilled with having the trophy in the country. “With the arrival of the Fifa World Cup trophy in the country, Bangladesh has proved that it has the potential to go ahead. We are hopeful of raising the standard of our football and the trophy is the inspiration,” said Salahuddin. The change of the venue forced the organisers to cut the programs such as a hologram display and interactive

games, but this did not seem to dim the spirits of those present. People of all ages could be seen at the event. Fahim Ahmed, an ‘O’ level student and his two younger brothers were delighted. “We will never forget the occasion, coming close to the most coveted trophy and having snapshots is definitely one of the greatest moments of my life,” declared Fahim. Former football stars Badal Roy, currently a vice president of BFF, and Imtiaz Sultan Johnny thought the experience would motivate this generations footballers. “We played in the first World Cup qualifiers of Bangladesh back in 1984-85 season. At that time, we had the motivation to play well and reach the next stage. The future planning and other infrastructural support was not there, but this generation of footballers should set a target of playing at the

Wrestling

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Bangladesh Police emerged as the champions in the men’s and women’s events respectively in the Victory Day Wrestling Championship yesterday. BGB claimed seven golds and one silver to become champions for the 15th time while Bangladesh Police finished second with six silvers. Police earned four golds and silvers each in the women’s event to clinch the first spot. This is the first time Police have won the Victory Day Wrestling. Bangladesh Armature Wrestling Federation vice president Iqbal Bin Anwar distributed prizes to the winners as chief guest. l

The day-long Victory Day 3-on3 Basketball Championship will get underway at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium tomorrow. Vertical Horizon will lock horns with BKSP in the opening match. A total of 12 teams will be taking part in the meet. Bangladesh Basketball Federation president Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin will inaugurate the tournament as chief guest. l

Hockey

Usha Krira Chakra and Azad SC swept into the semi-final of the Walton Victory Day Hockey Tournament from group B yesterday. In the day’s first match, Azad edged past Bangladesh Police 1-0 at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium. Mir Mahbub scored the all-important goal for Azad in the 25th minute from a penalty stroke. In the other match, Usha were held to a 1-1 draw by Bangladesh Air Force. Maksud Alam Habul put Usha ahead in the 19th minute before Mamim Mia leveled the margin from a penalty corner in the 65th minute. Usha earned seven points to finish top of the group. l SHISHIR HOQUE

n Raihan Mahmood The absence of the Bangladesh national team from the Fifa World Cup trophy display program at Radisson Hotel raised many eyebrows amongst the spectators yesterday. Bangladesh Football Federation did not arrange any measures to bring the national booters to the venue after it was shifted from the Bangabandhu National Stadium. National skipper Mamunul Islam, who arrived as a player of Sheikh Jamal, seemed a little disheartened. “It’s a great occasion, all over the world the football players’ ultimate dream is to win the World Cup. Maybe we have not reached that level but we can dream that one day we will be playing at the greatest show on earth.

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highest level and start working hard to achieve it,” said Badal. The official mascot of World Cup Fuelco and Abdul Halim, the man who holds the record for distance moved while balancing a ball on his head in the Guinness Book of World Record, added extra glamour to the event. Fifa officials also shot a documentary on the hotel premises. In the latter half of the day, all the players and coaching staff of Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club arrived on the scene and their yellow clad appearance was beautiful to behold. Abahani players goalkeeper Sohel, midfielder Pranaotosh and defender Mishu made appearences. Today the trophy will be open for the NGO’s, Special Olympic Team and other stake holders of Coca Cola before departing for Bhutan tomorrow morning. l

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BGB players celebrate winning the Victory Day Wrestling title at the handball stadium yesterday COURTESY

Maasranga Television, one of the private satellite channels of Bangladesh, is on the verge of securing the television rights for Bangladesh’s home series against Sri Lanka in January. Gazi Television was Maasranga’s only competitor in the run. Gazi won the right to televise Bangladesh’s last series against New Zealand in October, but better payment and quality assurances make Maasranga the favourites to land the deal currently on the table.   “The deal is mostly done. They (Maasranga) were well ahead in the race and assured broadcasting of international quality,” BCB chairman of marketing and

commercial Kazi Inam Ahmed told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday. Inclusion of speedometer, timeline breaks between overs and other important aspects are being assured, added Inam.  “We will have a few more meetings in next two days regarding technical issues and then pen down the contract,” he concluded. The BCB failed to pen down a long-term TV right since the expiry of the previous contract with Nimbus in April 2011. However, Nimbus brought the rights for the home series against West Indies and Pakistan in 2011, while Channel 9 bought the rights for the home series against West Indies last year. l

The trophy’s magnificent presence will be a great memory for me, but we expected that the national team will be together to be inspired by it,” said Mamunul. Reacting to the incident, BFF general secretary Abu Naeem Shohag presented a solution. “We had plans to assemble the national booters in the BFF House when the venue was in the Bangabandhu National Stadium. As all the players are scattered in different clubs, it was hard for us to assemble them as the venue was shifted late in the day. We will bring all the national team players today” said Shohag. Meanwhile head coach Lodewijk de Kruif flew to Holland yesterday for a Christmas vacation but assistant coach Rene Koster will be accompanying the team today. l

JCC annual athletic meet underway n Our Correspondent, Jhenaidah The three-day annual athletic meet of Jhenaidah Cadet College got underway at the college campus yesterday. Principal of the college Lieutenant Colonel Benazir Ahmed inaugurated the event. More than 100 participants from Badr, Hunayin and Khaibar houses will compete in 41 events during the three days. Area Commander of the Bangladesh Army (GOC) Major General Matiur Rahman is expected to be the chief guest of the prize giving ceremony tomorrow. l

Four DPL clubs to play T20 tournament n Mazhar Uddin The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) changed its plans for a T20 tournament beginning on December 22 yesterday. Earlier, the competition was supposed to feature four, franchise based teams but the new plan will see four Dhaka Premier League clubs - Abahani, Mohammedan, Prime Bank and one other club who have yet to be confirmed – fight it out instead. The selection of the clubs seems to have largely been based on the clubs’ willingness to participate, “Our board president [Nazmul Hassan] has convinced Abahani and Mohmmedan Sporting Club to take part in the T20 tournament. Prime Bank is the other team. We are looking for a fourth, after which an official announcement will be made, most probably on Friday,” said a board

official, who requested anonymity. Meanwhile, Saiful Islam, an official from the Prime Bank Cricket Club, said that they have heard about the issue but have yet to receive anything official from the board. “We heard about this but we did not receive any official

BCB president has convinced Abahani and Mohmmedan Sporting Club to take part in the T20 tournament. Prime Bank is the other team indications from the BCB. After we do, we can say anything about the issue,” he said. BCB recently arranged the Challenge series where national team played the ‘A’ time in three T20 matches and this next tournament is a continuation in their efforts to prepare the Bangladesh

team for the World T20 Championship, which Bangladesh is set to host next year. The board is also looking to financially benefit the cricketers. Players will be divided into two categories and the 16 national cricketers will be divided across the four teams. “A” category players will receive Tk35,000 while the other cricketers will be category “B” and receive Tk25,000. The team that wins the event will receive Tk2.5m and the runners-up will get Tk10m. The four teams will play in a double league with each side playing two matches with the other three teams. All the matches will be held at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium. The BCB had earlier planned to arrange the tournament at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium but changed the venue in accordance with ICC instructions. l

Spectators form a long queue to get a glimpse of the Fifa World Cup trophy at the Radisson Blu Hotel yesterday MUMIT M

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