The country’s sports fraternity on Friday celebrated the 73rd birth anniversary of Sheikh Kamal – the eldest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the younger brother of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The Ministry for Youth and Sports, Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan and other sports federations arranged different programmes to mark this day at their respective premises.
The ministry arranged the prestigious Sheikh Kamal National Sports Council (NSC) Award ceremony on this day.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina distributed the awards through the virtual platform from Ganabhaban at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital.
The ministry also arranged a day-long Quran khwani, dua-mahfil, and seminars at its different departments and organisations.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board distributed food to the poor and vulnerable people to mark the 73rd birth anniversary of Sheikh Kamal at the Academy premises in Mirpur.
Bangladesh Football Federation placed a floral wreath before Sheikh Kamal’s portrait at its house in Motijheel and also arranged Quran khwani, dua-mahfil and distributed ‘Tabarak’ among poor people.
Bangladesh Handball Federation also arranged two friendly matches (boys and girls) while Bangladesh Shooting Sport Federation celebrated the day by cutting a cake and Bangladesh Gymnastics Federation arranged dua-mahfil and food distribution programme.
The other federations, clubs and sports communities also celebrated the day through their respective programmes.
Sheikh Kamal played a vital role during the liberation war in 1971. He was an organiser of the Mukti Bahini guerrilla war.
Kamal received a wartime commission in Bangladesh Army and worked as the ADC of General Osmani the Commander-in-Chief of the Mukti Bahini during that time. He embraced martyrdom at the age of 26 on August 15 in 1975.