A top official of Bangladesh Olympic Association on Friday said that the ninth edition of Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games will go on as planned despite the rise of coronavirus cases in the country.
“We have no plan to reschedule the event,” BOA Vice-President Sheikh Bashir Ahmed told The Daily Sun.
“All the preparations have been completed. The Games have already started, half part of cricket disciplines -- women's cricket -- ended today (Friday). We're strictly following the health measures, our medical teams are ready to defend any types of unexpected incidents,” he added.
On January 10, the number of cases in the country was recorded 1,071 and since then the number continuously declined in the last two months.
However, on March 10, the number of cases again rose to 1,018 and in the last two days, they were 1,051 and 1,066 respectively. A total of 8,515 people have so far died of the coronavirus in the country with 13 people died on Friday.
Despite the rise in coronavirus cases, the women’s cricket event of Bangladesh Games completed on Friday with Bangladesh Blue winning the gold medal.
Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games will officially begin on April 1 with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurating the event.
“The Games flame will be ignited on March 30 at Tungipara in Gopalganj,” BOA Director General Brig Gen (retd) Fakhruddin Haider informed The Daily Sun.BOA President and Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed is expected to light the torch on March 30 at Tungipara in Gopalganj.
Later, the torch will be brought to the prime venue of the Games, Bangabandhu National Stadium on April 1.
The country’s two celebrated athletes -- golfer Siddikur Rahman and swimmer Mahfuza Khatun Shila -- will be the first ones to light the torch amongst others.
The country's biggest multi-sports event, named after Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, will be held between April 1 to 10. A total of 8,500 will compete in 31 disciplines of the Games.