Bangladesh Youth Games went on full throttle with youngsters from every part of the nation proving their potential in this highly competitive and first of a kind sports tournament at multiple venues simultaneously on Monday.
SwimmingBYG already presented the nation with a potential future superstar in the form of young swimmer Ariful Islam. Ariful snatched record five gold medals in the boy’s events while Khadija Akhtar earned two gold and one silver medal in the girl’s swimming event’s final round at Syed Nazrul Islam National Swimming complex at Mirpur on Monday.
Ariful was unstoppable in the pool claiming the top spot in all the events he participated in. Al Amin and Mithu Mia also grabbed a gold medal each.
All the while, Athletics competition was in full swing as tested faces Zahir Raihan and Shewli Khatun dominated the track in the 400 metre Sprint. In Boy’s 400 metre Sprint Zahir earned gold with lap time of 49.70 and Shewli earned her Girl’s 400 metre Sprint gold with 61.1 seconds.
Both the athletes are also gold medalists of the National Junior Championships as well.In the Shot Put event, Tanmay Bouddha of Khulna held the gold medal reaching 12.58-metre mark.
In Girl’s High Jump event Dhaka athlete Jannatul attained gold medal with a jump of 1.42 metres while Tinni Hasan of Khulna earned gold medal in Long Jump event reaching 5.15 metre mark.
Over at Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium, Khulna and Dhaka advanced to semi-finals and tasted victories in their last game of the group stage of Girl’s Hockey. Khulna triumphed over Rangpur by 3-0 in the shoot-out stage while Dhaka won against Rajshahi by 2-0 goals.
Men’s Hockey saw Dhaka and Rajshahi confirming semi berth with winning their final match of the group stages.
It was goal fest in the Girl’s Football event as Dhaka obliterated Khulna Division by 16-0 goals at Bir Sherestha Shaheed Sepoy Mostafa Kamal Stadium in the capital. Young gun Shahida scored a staggering 8 goals for Dhaka.
In the meantime, Marufa, Rony, Salma netted the ball to propel Mymensingh to a 3-2 victory over Chittagong and advance to the finals.
Meanwhile, BYG saw the final round of Kabaddi event rolling into the ground at Kabaddi Stadium in the capital.
The final round was inaugurated by the newly selected Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation President and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Javed Patwari in the morning. A total of four matches were held on the day, In Boy’s Kabaddi Rajshahi defeated Mymensingh by 43-16 points while Chittagong triumphed over Barisal Division by 48-28 points.
The Girl’s Kabaddi featured Mymensingh outclassing Sylhet by 53-9 points as Chittagong went over Barisal by 48-28 points.
Seven more matches— four of boys’ and three of girls’ of volleyball events of the inaugural Bangladesh Youth Games were decided on Monday at Volleyball Stadium in the city.
In the day’s Boys’ Volleyball matches, Barisal beat Sylhet by 3-0 sets, Khulna defeated Rangpur by 3-2 sets, Barisal outclassed Mymensingh by 3-0 sets while the match between Chittagong and Rangpur were on when the last report came this evening.
In the Girls’ Volleyball matches, Sylhet beat Mymensingh while Khulna overpowered Sylhet both by 3-0 sets.
Rajshahi Division emerged on top in the Archery event on the final phase of BYG at Ahasan Ullah Master Stadium in Gazipur.
Rajshahi secured a total of five medals including three gold and two silver while Chittagong placed behind the Rajshahi with three medals including one gold, one silver and one bronze.
Dhaka are placed in third position with two medals including one gold and one silver while Rangpur stood at fourth position with one silver medal.
Khulna Division were placed at bottom at the table securing four bronze medals.
BYG Steering Committee Member Secretary and Bangladesh Olympic Association’s Deputy Secretary General Ashikur Rahman Miku was present as the Chief Guest in the prize giving ceremony.