People pay homage to sports journalist Ajay Barua | 2019-07-22

People pay homage to sports journalist Ajay Barua

Sports Correspondent

22 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

People pay homage to sports journalist Ajay Barua

Members of Bangladesh Olympic Association place floral wreaths to pay their respects to the eminent sports journalist Ajay Barua at the Bangabandu National Stadium in the capital on Sunday. — Sun Photo

The body of eminent sports journalist and Dainik Sangbad Sports Editor Ajay Barua was taken Bangabandu National Stadium in the capital for people from all walks of life to pay tribute to the lifelong sports journalist.

Members of different sports bodies, members of Jatiya Press Club, journalists, friends and well wishers placed floral wreaths to pay their respects to the eminent sports journalist.

His body was brought to the Bangabandu National Stadium at 3:00pm.

Earlier, his body was carried to Jatiya Press Club where JPC members and other friends and well-wishers paid their final respect.

Barua breathed his last at St Berts Hospital in London on July 12.

He was 71 at the time of his death. He left behind his wife, a son, two daughters and a host of relatives and well-wishers.

Barua, one of the pioneers of sports journalism in Bangladesh, went to England along with his wife on May 31 to cover ICC World Cup 2019.

He has been undergoing treatment at Saint Berts hospital in London for 12 days after falling sick. Later, he was shifted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital two days ago after his health condition deteriorated.

Ajay Barua was born on September 1, 1947 at Hathazari Upazila in Chattogram.

A freedom fighter, Barua joined Dainik Sangbad as a sports reporter in 1974 and served the newspaper as its Sports Editor till his death. He was involved with sports journalism for nearly five decades.

Before starting sports journalism, he was an athlete. He was a regular member of Dhaka University Football Team. He received honorary Blue Award for his contribution in sports from Dhaka University. He was also the Sports Secretary of Jagannath Hall. In the early days of the traditional Dhaka Abahani, he was a member of the football team.

Before the independence of Bangladesh, he completed his post graduate degree in Mathematics from Dhaka University. After the independence, he took sports journalism as a career. He was a witness to many historic moments of the nation’s sports.

Barua was one of the founding members of Bangladesh Sports Journalists’ Association. He was also a senior member of Jatiya Press Club, founding member of Dhaka Reporters Unity, Dhaka Sangbadik Union (DUJ), senior member of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Chittagong Journalists Forum, Dhaka (CJFD) among others.