Sports village to be built in Padma char areas: PM

Announcing her government's plan for development of the sports activities in the country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said a spacious and international standard sports village would be constructed at the char areas near Padma Bridge.

Addressing the closing ceremony of 4th Roll Ball Skating World Cup at Sheikh Russell Roller Skating Complex here today the prime minister said construction of the sports complex would begin soon where sports persons would get enormous scopes for training and taking part in competitions.

The government also has a plan to build an Olympic Complex in that area, Sheikh Hasina added saying steps would be taken for world-class training of others persons relating to sports including trainers, referees, doctors and nutritionists.

The prime minister said there is no alternative involving the youths in sports and cultural activities to keep them away from terrorism, militancy and drug. In view of this the government has taken the'healthy mind in healthy body' approach to groom up patriotic and ideal citizens.

Planning Minister AHM Mostafa Kamal, State Minister for Youth and Sports Biren Sikder, Chief Coordinator of the Prime Minister Office on SGDs and convenor of the organizing committee of 4th Roll Ball Skating World Cup Abul Kalam Azad, also spoke on the occasion.

The prime minister distributed trophies among the captains of the champion and runner-up teams of the tournament. India clinched champion trophy both in men and women categories while Iran became runner up in both groups. She also distributed medals among the players of the champion and runner up teams.

Hridoy Khan of Bangladesh team received the medal and cheque from the Prime Minister as the best scorer of the tournament.

The prime minister called for new start of home-grown sports across the country and urging the industrialists, business enterprises and financial institutions to come forward with financial support to promote the local sports.

The prime minister extended her sincere thanks to the organizers of the Bangladesh Roller Skating Federation for excellent arrangement of the first ever Roll Ball World Cup in Bangladesh in which over 600 skaters from 39 countries took part.

source: BSS