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7 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Youth Games to start with football today

Sports Reporter

The final round of the first-ever Bangladesh Youth Games will roll onto the ground with the discipline of football at the Bir Sherestha Shaheed Shipahi Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur today, three days before the formal inauguration of the tournament.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the nine-day final round of the meet at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) on March 10.

A 151-member organizing committee, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is the chief patron of the inclusive programme, has meanwhile been formed to smoothly function and operate the mega event.

Boys’ teams from Dhaka will take on Barisal at 12:30pm and Mymensingh will face off Rangpur at 3:00pm on the first day. A total of eight divisional boys’ teams will take part in the event.

The competition of the girls’ section football will start in the subsequent day. A total of seven divisional girls teams barring Rajshahi will participate in the meet.

More than 2660 athletes will take part in 21 disciplines have been included in the competition, which has set a goal to groom the potential and talented athletes of the country for the multi-national competition and tournament.

Squash among the 21 disciplines of the showpiece event has been included at the last moment of the outset of the first phase (district round) at the different 64 districts across the country.

Actually the Games divided into three rounds such as district round, divisional round and final round. The organising committee earmarked a budget of Tk 20 crore to meet up the expenditures and run the programme smoothly.

The first round of the Games was held in between December 18-24 across the county’s 64 districts. The second divisional round was decided at the divisional level, spanning from January 6-15. The final round of the meet will end on March 18.

The disciplines of the Youth Games are: Football, boxing, chess, handball, judo, kabaddi, Karate, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, hockey, ushu, basketball, badminton, athletics, archery, wrestling, swimming and weightlifting.  

However, the age verification of the participating athletes by expert physicians has been started at the Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) premises. It is learnt from the media cell sources that there is an age limit of the athletes (U-17) in the tournament whereby no over aged athlete will not be allowed and eligible for participating in the Games. In that aspect, the number of the athletes might be somewhat decreased.

 

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