Dhaka, Jan 15 (UNB) - Faisal Ahmed, student of Physics Department, emerged champion in the Fazlul Huq Muslim Hall Sports competition of Dhaka University (DU) at its central playground on Tuesday.
Fahim Ahmed, student of Soil, Water and Environment Department finished as runner-up.
DU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the competition in the morning as chief guest.
Pro-Vice Chancellor (Administration) Prof. Dr Muhammad Samad was chief guest at the day’s closing function who later distributed prizes among the winners.
Provost of Fazlul Huq Muslim Hall Prof. Dr Md Mizanur Rahman was also present on the occasion.
Dhaka, Jan 15 (UNB) – The Exim Bank 29th National Women’s Handball Championship began at the Shaheed Capt (retd) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here on Tuesday with six matches decided on the opening day.
The four-day meet will, however, be inaugurated at 11am on Wednesday by newly appointed State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell. Managing Director of the meet’s sponsor Exim Bank Dr Mohammad Haider Ali is expected to be a special guest on the occasion.
In the day’s matches, Dhaka DSA beat Bandarban DSA by 18-7 goals, Dinajpur DSA outplayed Feni DSA by 13-3 goals, Bangladesh Police crushed Gopalganj DSA by 24-4 goals, Jamalpur DSA trounced Faridpur DSA 33-5 goals in the morning session.
In the afternoon session, Bandarban DSA beat Narail DSA by 21-4 goals while Naogaon DSA outplayed Feni DSA by 28-4 goals.
Fourteen teams -- BJMC, Bangladesh Ansar, Bangladesh Police, Feni, Jamalpur, Naogaon, Narail, Dhaka, Panchagarh, Gopalganj, Faridpur, Dinajpur, Kushtia and Bandarban districts –- are taking part in the competition.
Dhaka, Jan 15 (UNB) – Bangladeshi boys maintained their winning run in the second round matches of the boys’ singles and doubles in the second phase Division-2 of the ITF Asian Under-14 Development (Tennis) Championships 2019 in Thai capital Bangkok on Tuesday.
However, Bangladeshi girls, except Mashfia Afrin, lost all singles and doubles matches. Mashifa won a girls doubles match pairing with a Mongolian player.
In the second round of boys’ singles, Mahadi Hasan Alve (BAN) beat Sultan Iunusov (KGZ) 6-2, 6-1; Zubaid Utsho (BAN) beat Hassan Ali (PAK) 6-4, 6-1; while Md Roman Hossain (BAN) beat Amirali Ghavam (IRI) 7-6, 6-0.
In the doubles, Alve (BAN) and Zubaid Utsho (BAN) beat Pakistani Muhammad Huzaifa Khan (PAK) and Hasan Ali (PAK) 6-1, 6-0; while Md Roman Hossain (BAN), pairing with Hamid Israr Gul (PAK), beat Temirlan Bekdyldave (KGZ) and Insar Karypbekov (KGZ) 6-1, 6-1.
In the second round of the girls’ singles, Mashfia (BAN) lost to Isha Shree Shah (NEP) 5-7, 6-4, 2-6; Suborna Khatun (BAN) lost to Martaa Chogsomjav (MGL) 2-6, 1-6; while Sadia Afrin (BAN) lost to Maralgoo Chogsomjav (MGL) 2-6, 1-6.
In the girls doubles, Mashfia (BAN), teaming up with Erkhbilguun Byarbaya (MGL), beat Sadia Afrin (BAN) and Suborna Khatun (BAN) 6-2, 6-0.
Tokyo, Jan 15 (AP/UNB) — Tsunekazu Takeda, the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a powerful IOC member, has denied corruption allegations against him concerning reported bribes paid to be awarded the rights to host the 2020 Olympics.
A French prosecutor is investigating Takeda, who is reportedly linked to about $2 million in payments in 2013 before and after the IOC picked Tokyo ahead of Madrid and Istanbul to stage the games.
The brewing scandal is a major blow to Tokyo's preparations, which IOC President Thomas Bach has called "the best" in Olympic history.
The Tokyo Olympics open in 18 months with Japan spending at least $20 billion to prepare.
At a packed news conference Tuesday at the JOC's office, Takeda said little in a brief seven-minute statement.
Dressed in a dark suit, Takeda did not take questions and said: "I'd like to clear the allegation against me, and I will cooperate fully with French authorities."
The International Olympic Committee has backed Takeda and says he has the presumption of innocence.
He testified with an IOC ethics commission on Friday. The IOC has not commented on details.
The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics were also sullied by corruption scandals. Carlos Nuzman, the head of those games, resigned afterward accused of vote-buying.
There was some speculation Takeda might use his brief address to step aside, at least temporarily.
Melbourne, Jan 15 (AP/UNB) — Serena Williams jumped straight back in where she left off at the Australian Open, returning for the first time since winning the title in 2017 when she was pregnant with her first child.
Williams conceded only five points in the first set and was completely clinical in a 6-0, 6-2 win over Tatjana Maria, another mom who lives close to Williams in Florida and visits for play dates with their daughters.
It was overwhelming for Maria, who got just two of her first serves into play in the first set and didn't have game points until she held in the fourth game of the second set. She was in tears as the pair hugged at the net at the end of the match, and Williams joined the crowd in giving the German player a clap as she left the arena.
"Yeah, I think the last time I was here, I was pregnant and playing at the same time — which is insane," Williams said. "It's kind of weird walking back on, by myself this time."
Williams rates the 2017 title here among the best of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles, giving everything that was going on. Since returning to the tour following the birth of Alexis Olympia, Williams has lost the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
"Literally the best win of my career," she recalled Tuesday in a post-match TV interview. "Just exciting to be back."
At Melbourne Park, she's now on an eight-match winning streak. She's only lost one of her last 22 matches at the season-opening major, which she has won seven times.
The 37-year-old Williams said she loves to test herself early after practicing "hard for that first hit."
"I like to jump into the deep end and swim," she said.
The 16th-seeded Williams will face either Eugenie Bouchard or wild-card entry Peng Shuai in the second round.
Madison Keys opened her season with a 6-2, 6-2 win over 18-year-old wild-card entry Destanee Aiava in the first match on Rod Laver Arena on Day 2.
"I expected it to be tough — obviously playing an Aussie on Rod Laver. Thanks for the love, anyway," Keys told the crowd.
She broke Aiava's serve four times and fended off the only break-point chance she faced. Aaiva, who was the first player born in this century to play in the main draw of a major when she got a wild card here in 2017, didn't help herself with six double-faults.
The No. 17-seeded Keys has reached the semifinals or better at three of the last five Grand Slam tournaments, and her focus is on the bigger prizes for now.
"I was having issues with my knee at the end of the year (and) ran out of time to be ready for Brisbane — wanted to be 100 percent for here," she said of her lack of competitive matches recently. "It's my first match of the year, so mostly just happy I did everything pretty well."
Seventh-seeded Karolina Pliskova won the Brisbane International title in the first week of the season and continued her streak by beating fellow Czech Karolina Muchova 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the second round.
The temperature was already 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) when play began on all courts shortly after 11 a.m. local time and it rose to 33 C (91 F) by the early afternoon.