Friday, 19 August, 2022
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Sheikh Kamal was first martyr of August 15 carnage: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said assassins killed Bangabandhu's eldest son Sheikh Kamal at first on the black night of August 15, 1975 after storming Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi-32 number.

Though the group of coward assassins killed Sheikh Kamal physically, the path he showed, his principles and guidelines in reaching the country's sports arena at international level still remain as model to be followed, she said.

The premier said these in a message on the eve of the 73rd birth anniversary of Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, to be observed tomorrow.

Sheikh Kamal still remains as source of inspiration to the people and will remain in future, too, she mentioned.

"Today on his 73rd birth anniversary, I am recalling him with profound love and affection," the premier said.

She said Sheikh Kamal was a shining star in the field of sports in independent Bangladesh.

Before the country's independence, Kamal founded Abahani Samajkalyan Sangstha and after returning from the Liberation War, he founded Abahani Krira Chakra, she said.

Apart from football, he also formed teams for hockey, cricket and table tennis under Abahani Krira Chakra, she said, adding that Sheikh Kamal used to provide modern dresses to players and sporting equipment.

Kamal appointed British coach for ensuring advanced training in sports for the first time in independent Bangladesh, she said.

At a stage, Kamal decided to establish district branch of Abahani Krira Chakra, the premier said, adding that he also took steps to provide retirement allowances to players apart from taking up various initiatives to make them self-reliant.

As per the goal, he set up 'Kheloyar Kalyan Tohobil' after receiving Taka 10 lakh donation from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, she said.
Sheikh Kamal was a multitalented person and a role model of youth, she said.

He was the country's best sports organizer and sportsperson as well as he was also a very meritorious student, she said.

She said Kamal used to practice and foster native culture from his heart apart from studying.

He had remarkable contributions to every sphere including sports, music, acting, debate and extempore speech, she said.

Sheikh Hasina said Kamal remained immortal in the cultural arena by forming Spondon Shilpi Gosthi.

Kamal, who was a very polite, decent and good-natured person, used to communicate with common people as a very simple person, she said, adding that Kamal used to extend his helping hand to anyone in their need.

The premier hoped the country's sports arena will reach the zenith of success at international stage soon by following the principles and the path showed by Sheikh Kamal.

She also wished a success of all programme taken on the occasion of the 73rd birth anniversary of Sheikh Kamal.