Faridpur Police Lines School made a good start in the Bangabandhu First Security Islami Bank National School Hockey beating Cumilla Rafiquddin Memorial High School by 2-1 goals in the opening match at Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Wednesday afternoon.
Morsalin Khan Niloy scored both the goals for the winners in the 44th and 47th minute while Arif netted lone goal for the losers in the 29th minute.
Earlier, in the day’s first match in the morning, Mymensingh Police Lines School played a 1-1 draw with Rangpur Shisu Niketan at the same venue.
Aminur put Rangpur team ahead in the 5th minute while Badhan leveled the margin in the 36th minute from a penalty stroke.
Earlier, Managing Director of the meet’s sponsor First Security Islami Bank Syed Mohammad Wasek Ali and Air Officer Commanding of BAF Base Bangabandhu Air Vice-Marshall Mohammad Sayed Hossain inaugurated the final round of the meet in the afternoon.
Eighteen school teams from nine zonal venues have been qualified for the final round.
Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) is prepared to arrange 13-sports of the 9th Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games on April 1-10.
Although the final date of entry has expired on January 31 without women’s football, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is currently showing their interest to participate in the women’s football.
BOA Director General Brigadier (Rtd) Fakhruddin Haider said “BFF did not made entry in women’s football in due time, now, they are keen to participate in the women’s football and we may consider their appeal despite the deadline has been expired”
BFF General Secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag is optimistic to accommodate women’s football in the games, “We are talking to BOA in this regards and we do hope our girls will play in the games”
Meanwhile, the BOA has finalized the games schedule and venues.
As per schedule, Archery (April 3-6) at Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Stadium in Tongi, Athletics (April 2-4) and Men’s Football (March 24 to April 9) at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Basketball (April 2-8) at Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium/BKSP, Badminton (29 March 29 -April 3) and Table Tennis (April 4-6 ) at Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Stadium, Bodybuilding (April 5-8) at National Sports Council Auditorium , Boxing (April 5-10) at Mohammad Ali Boxing Stadium, Chess (March 27 to April 4) at National Sports Council Chess Room, Men’s Cricket ( April 1-10) at Sylhet Divisional Stadium and Women’s Cricket (April 1-10) at Cox’s Bazar Stadium, Fencing ( April 7-10) , Volleyball (March 29-April 3), Judo (April 7-10) and Karate (April 4-6) all at Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium in Mirpur. Golf (April 6-9) at Kurmitola Golf Club, Gymnastics ( March 31 to April 2) , Tawkendo ( April 3 to 6) and Weightlifting (April 7-10) at National Sports Council Gymnasium, Handball ( April 4-10) and Wushu (March 30 to April 3) at Shaheed (Capt) M. Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium, Hockey (March 25- April 9, at Maulana Bhashani National Stadium , Kabaddi (April 2-9) and Kho Kho (April 2-7) at Paltan Maidan, Rowing (April 6-9) at Hatirjheel , Rugby ( April 2-4) at Physical Education College, Mohammadpur, Roller Skating (April 2-9) and Wrestling ( April 2-4) at Sheikh Russel Roller Skating Complex. Swimming (April 4-9) at Syed Nazrul Islam Swimming Complex, Shooting (April 1-9) Gulshan Shooting Complex and BKSP, Tennis (April 1-10 ) at National Tennis Complex.
The last edition of Bangladesh Games was held in 2013. Bangladesh Games is the country’s biggest multi-sports games that began on 1978.
Maria Sharapova is retiring from professional tennis at the age of 32 after five Grand Slam titles and time ranked No. 1.
She has been dealing with shoulder problems for years.
Sharapova played only two matches this season and lost both.
In an essay written for Vanity Fair and Vogue about her decision to walk away from the sport, posted online Wednesday, Sharapova asks: "How do you leave behind the only life you've ever known?"
She burst onto the tennis scene at 17 when she won Wimbledon in 2004 and would go on to complete a career Grand Slam with two titles at the French Open and one each at the U.S. Open and Australian Open.
The Russian, who moved to Florida as a child, served a 15-month ban after failing a doping test in 2016.
Since that suspension, Sharapova managed to reach only one major quarterfinal.
After so much success on the tennis court and off, so much time in the spotlight, Sharapova walks away having lost four consecutive matches at Grand Slam tournaments.
The latest came last month at the Australian Open, where she was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Donna Vekic. That sent her ranking tumbling outside of the top 350 — she is 373rd this week — and Sharapova has not played anywhere since.
She was asked after that defeat whether it might have been her last appearance at Melbourne Park, where she won the trophy in 2008, and she repeatedly replied with "I don't know."
But her right shoulder has been a problem off-and-on for more than a decade.
She played a total of 15 matches last season, going 8-7.
"I put in all the right work. There is no guarantee that even when you do all of those things, that you're guaranteed victory in a first round or in the third round or in the final. That's the name of this game," Sharapova said after what turned out to be her final match. "That's why it's so special to be a champion, even for one time."
A spokesman for the Japanese government on Wednesday said the International Olympic Committee and local organizers are going as planned with the Tokyo Olympics despite the threat of the spreading coronavirus.
The comments from spokesman Yoshihide Suga follow the assertion by IOC veteran member Richard Pound that organizers face a three-month window to decide the fate of the games.
The Olympics are set to open on July 24 with 11,000 athletes. The Paralympics open Aug. 25 with 4,400.
Pound told the Associated Press that the fast-spreading virus could cancel the Olympics. Suga says Pound's opinion does not reflect the official view of the IOC, which has repeatedly said there are no plans to cancel or postpone the Tokyo Games.
The viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 80,000 people and killed more than 2,700 globally. China has reported 2,715 deaths among 78,064 cases on the mainland. Five deaths in Japan have been attributed to the virus and the COVID-19 illness it causes.
"With regard to this member's comment, the IOC has responded that this is not their official position, and that the IOC is proceeding with preparations toward the games as scheduled," Suga said, speaking in Japanese at his daily news conference.
Pound is a former IOC vice-president and a member since 1978, and was the founding president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
He also represented Canada as a swimmer at the Olympics.
In a telephone interview from Montreal, Pound said the IOC has a three-month window to decide, and suggested other options like moving events of postponing seemed less likely.
"In and around that time," he said, "I'd say folks are going to have to ask: 'Is this under sufficient control that we can be confident about going to Tokyo or now?'"
If the IOC decides the games cannot go forward as scheduled in Tokyo, "you're probably looking at a cancellation," said Pound, who repeated the IOC's stance that as of now the games are on.
The three-month window also goes for sponsors and television broadcasters who need to firm up planning. Not to mention travelers, athletes and fans with 7.8 million tickets available for the Olympics and 2.3 million for the Paralympics.
As the games draw near, Pound said, "a lot of things have to start happening You've got to start ramping up your security, your food, the Olympic Village, the hotels. The media folks will be in their building their studios."
The threat of the virus seems to be growing.
At a government task force meeting Wednesday on the virus outbreak, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he was asking organizers to cancel or postpone major sports or cultural events over the next two weeks.
"The next one to two weeks is extremely important for the prevention of the escalation of the infection," Abe said. "We ask organizers to cancel, postpone or scale down the size of such events."
He did not name specific events but said he was speaking about nationwide events that attract large crowds.
Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto, speaking in parliament, said "we believe it is necessary to make a worst case scenario in order to improve our operation to achieve success." She added plans were being made "so that we can safely hold the Tokyo Olympics."
The final round of the Bangabandhu First Security Islami Bank National School Hockey Tournament will begin at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Wednesday.
Mymensingh Police Lines School will face Rangpur Shishu Niketan School in the opening match at 10am while Cumilla Rafiquddin Memorial High School will encounter Faridpur Police Lines High School in the other opening day’s fixture at 3:30pm.
Managing Director of the meet’s sponsor First Security Islami Bank Syed Mohammad Wasek Ali and Air Officer Commanding of BAF Base Bangabandhu Air Vice-Marshall Mohammad Sayed Hossain will inaugurate the final round of the meet in the afternoon.
Eighteen school teams from nine zonal venues have been qualified for the final round.