Involve youths in sports to save them from militancy: Hasan

9 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Urging all to involve the youths in sports and cultural activities, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Sunday said there is no alternative to practising sports and culture to protect the country from militancy, terrorism and erosion of social values, reports BSS.

“The new generation would have to be engaged with sports and cultural activities to keep them away from militancy, terrorism and addiction to social media,” he told the prize giving ceremony of a football tournament at National Mansur Ali Handball Stadium in the capital.

The minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is an avid sports fan. “Bangladesh national cricket team got the test status under her regime. Bangladesh has become more vibrant in games and sports, especially in cricket during her tenure,” he added.

He said the women’s cricket team of the country will play in the upcoming women T-20 world cup tournament as the team defeated Thailand in the final. Besides, the women football team defeated India and Pakistan recently, he said, adding this has been possible only for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s sports oriented mentality.

Dhaka Reports Unity (DRU) organized the football tournament in which RTV became champion by defeating Channel 24 with 3-2 goals in tiebreaker.

DRU President Ilias Hossain, general secretary Kabir Ahmed Khan, sports secretary Shafiqul Islam Shamim, eenior official of Waltan Group, sponsor of the tournament, FM Iqbal Bin Anowar and former general secretary Syed Shukkhur Ali Shuva, among others, were present in the function.

A total of 40 teams from different media houses took part in the tournament.