Bangladesh Olympic Association president and Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed will fire the torch of Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games on Wednesday at the birthplace of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara in Gopalganj at 11:00am.
Later, the torch will be brought through a rally in Dhaka. The country’s 18 former athletes, split into 10 phases, will carry it -- cricketer Gazi Ashraf Hossain Lipu, footballers Sheikh Aslam and Elias Hossain, volleyball player Jesmin Khan Popy, handball players Khayeruzzaman and Dalia Akter, swimmer Shajahan Ali Rony, wushu players Mesbah Uddin and Eti Islam, taekwondo athlete Mijanur Rahman, archer Imdadul Haque Milon, basketball player Mithun Sarker, athlete Forhad Jesmin Liti, Kabaddi player Shahanaj Parvin, Karateka Jo U Pru, table tennis player Mahbub Billah, shooter Sharmin Akter Ratna and boxer Juwel Ahemd Jony.BOA secretary general Syed Shahed Reza will receive it in Dhaka and hands it over to the sports minister Zahid Ahsan Russell, MP.
The 9th edition of the country's biggest multi-sports event will kick off with a colourful inaugural ceremony on Thursday at Bangabandhu National Stadium. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to virtually inaugurate the meet.