For the first time in the history of Bangladesh, the nation will witness Bangladesh Youth Games (BYG) rolling in the field as 2660 young athletes battle it out for 342 gold medals starting from Saturday. The largest youth sports event of the nation willa run till March 16.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the under-17 meet in a ceremonious event tomorrow.Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) Vice-President and BYG media and publicity committee Chairman Shaikh Bashir Ahmed reported the details of the event in a press conference at BOA auditorium in the capital on Thursday.
BOA Secretary General Syed Shahed Reza, Deputy Secretary General Asaduzzaman Kohinoor and BYG steering committee member secretary and BOA Ashiqur Rahman Deputy Secretary General Miku were also present and took question from journalists.
The inaugural ceremony will feature a plethora of entertainment in the form of laser show, fireworks and cultural event. Bangladesh ace shooter and commonwealth games gold medalist Asif Hossain Khan is endowed with the honor of lighting the torch of this premier sports event.
In this final round of BYG, the sporting events have been divided into individual and team disciplines. A total of 159 events will be fought in with 1114 medals up for grabs. The team disciplines are Football, Kabaddi, Basketball, Handball and Volleyball while Athletics, Swimming, Table tennis, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Wushu, Shooting, Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Chess, Judo, Karate, Taekwondo and Squash.
The tournament is poised to be held every two years and the winners of the meet will be groomed by their respective sports’ federation.