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Govt allocates another Tk 3cr for athletes

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 10 June, 2020 12:00 AM
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Govt allocates another Tk 3cr for athletes
State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell, left, is seen during a cheque distribution programme at the NSC conference room in the capital on Tuesday.

The government allocated another financial assistance of Tk 3 crore for the country’s needy athletes who have been facing a hard situation since the widespread effect of pandemic coronavirus on last March.

State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell, MP made the announcement on Tuesday during a cheque distribution programme at the conference room of National Sports Council (NSC) in the capital.

“We had been trying to increase the amount of monetary assistance for helpless athletes. Government has allocated another financial assistance of Tk 3 crore for the country’s needy athletes. Thanks to our Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her direction. The government is now formulating a policy in this regard, hopefully we will be able to distribute the amount soon,” he told media. 

The government aimed to support the country’s 1000 athlete who through NSC and Bangabandhu Krirashebi Kalyan Foundation (BKKF). They provided 10,000 each to the country's 600 needy athletes from 24 different federations in the first phase last month.  As a part of the assistance, they aided another 150 needy athletes from 10 federations including shooting, amateur wrestling, chess, fencing, judo, cycling, basketball, karate, badminton and weight lifting. The state minister handed over cheque of Tk 10,000 each athlete. Youth and Sports Secretary Md Akhtar Hossain, NSC Secretary Masood Karim and other officials were also present there.

The government earlier provided 10,000 each to the country's 600 needy athletes from 24 different federations on last month. Russell also informed BKKF, which is the country’s first crowd-funding platform under the Youth and Sports Ministry, would provide a one-time yearly allowance of Tk 24,000 each to 1150 athletes of different disciplines.

“We are working to provide a one-time yearly allowance of Tk 24,000 each to 1150 athletes of different disciplines from BKKF. They will get Tk 2000 each per month. We want to stand by all the helpless athletes who have been suffering the most during the crisis. Not only the athletes, but we will also support helpless coaches, officials, sports organisers, journalists everyone involved in sports,” he added.