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10 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM

Curtain raises on Youth Games today

21 disciplines to be held during seven-day Games
Sports Reporter
Curtain raises on Youth Games today
A demonstration of laser show was held at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital yesterday ahead of the opening ceremony of the First Bangladesh Youth Games today. BOA photo

The curtain of the first-ever Bangladesh Youth Games (BGY) final round will formally be raised through an eye-catching opening ceremony at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) today evening.

The seven-day-long final round of the country’s biggest sports carnival for the youth athletes will end on March 16.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the chief guest and chief patron of the Games, is expected to open the two-hour-long programme, which will be live telecast by  state-owned Bangladesh Television  along with a private satelitte TV channel.

There is no use of tickets as the opening ceremony will be open for the public and general audience. Of course, there will be fixed gallery or galleries for them.

All the gates of the stadium will be unlocked at four o’clock. Audience could enter into the stadium till 5:30pm.

Before the formal inauguration, an hour-long programme which will be featured with DJ show and AV display that has been prepared base on the successes of the country’s different sport disciplines at different times.

The main programme will be for one hour and 50-minute long. The formality of the programme will be started with the national anthem after the arrival of the chief guest. Therefore, an AV display on Bangladesh Youth Games will be televised.

With the pace of the AV display of each discipline, the athletes of the different disciplines will enter into the stadium before the speech of the guests.          

As per the schedule of the programme, the chief guest will inaugurate the glistering ceremony at 7:21pm. Thereafter, Commonwealth gold medal-wining shooter Asif Hossain Khan will light the torch of the 20 crore taka budgeted Games.

The athletes will depart the stadium for the specified gallery after the conclusion of their march-past. Along with that, the theme song of the Games will be resonated with the air wave.

After the end of the Mascot parade, the stage performance will be started under which dance and song will be rendered by the local artists on the big stage, which was decorated colorfully at the centre of the BNS. In the west side of the stage, a 31-feet-long replica of Padma Bridge that a symbol of the development of the current government.

In the east side of the stage, a 40-feet-long boat, the symbol of Bangladesh Awami League, has also been made.

Popular vocalist Sabina Yesmin, Bappa Majumdar and so on will enthrall local audience with their vocal pyrotechnics.

A video display of past, current and future Bangladesh will thereby be showed. At the fag end of the programme, the laser show will be showed.

But the programme will be ended with jaw-dropping pyrotechnics and fireworks.        

The organises meanwhile finalised the venues for different 21 disciplines. Athletics at BNS, football at Bir Shrestra Shaheed Shipahi Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalpur, weightlifting and taekwondo at NSC gymnasium, judo at Shaheed Suhrawardi Indoor Stadium, wrestling and ushu at Sheikh Russell Roller Skating Complex, squash at BAF Shaheen School Squash Court, handball at Shaheed Captain Mansur Ali Handball Stadium, swimming at Syed Nazrul Islam Swimming Complex, boxing at Muhammad Ali Boxing Stadium, badminton and table tennis at Shaheed Tajuddin Indoor Stadium, chess at Bangladesh Chess Federation, kabaddi at Kabaddi Stadium,  archery at Shaheed Ahsanullah Stadium in Gazipur,  volleyball at Volleyball Stadium, hockey at Maulana Bhashani Hocket Stadium and basketball at BKSP Indoor.

The final phase of the Games will take place with 159 events wherein 2660 athletes will vie for 1114 medals including 340 gold, 340 silver and 430 bronze.

Football, Kabaddi, Basketball, Volleyball and Handball among the disciplines are team events, while Athletics, Swimming, Table Tennis, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Ushu, Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Chess, Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, Squash as the individual event.  

Of them, the athletes from six disciplines including shooting, hockey, ushu, wrestling, squash and archery are directly taking part in the final round.


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