Bangabandhu Cup Int’l Kabaddi begins Mar 28

Sports Correspondent

23 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangabandhu Cup 2021 International Kabaddi Tournament will commence at the Shahid Noor Hossain National Volleyball Stadium in the capital on March 28.

Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation is going to arrange an international competition to mark the golden jubilee of Bangladesh Independence and Mujib Barsho after 8 years with the five-nation which will end on April 2.

The last international kabaddi was held in Dhaka in 2013 -- Independence and National Day kabaddi for men in March and International Invitation kabaddi for women in August.  

National team head coach Abdul Jalil told The Daily Sun that BKF is going to arrange an international tournament for the first time with the participation of national teams.

“The federation was earlier organised several international competitions with the participation of regional teams or clubs, but this is for the first time national teams are taking part in a meet,” he said.

Hosts Bangladesh will lock horns against European nation Poland, African nation Kenya and two South Asian nations Sri Lanka and Nepal in the Bangabandhu Cup Kabaddi after a 15-month break.

The round-robin league basis tournament’s fixture is yet to be decided. Among the touring teams, Poland and Kenya will arrive on March 25 while Nepal and Sri Lanka on March 26.

BKF unveiled the logo at BOA auditorium on Monday. State minister for youth and sports Zahid Ahsan Russell, Mp was present there as the chief guest. BKF president and DG of RAB Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun, vice-president and Managing Director of Janata Bank Limited Abdus Salam Azad, general secretary and Deputy Inspector General of Police Habibur Rahman and joint secretary and Additional DIG Gazi Mozammel Hoque were also present there.

BKF general secretary Habibur Rahman said that International Kabaddi Federation appreciated them for organising the meet.

The technical director of International Kabaddi Federation Dr E Prasad Rao was expected to land in Dhaka on Monday. Besides, India’s Pro Kabaddi referees Ajith Kumar and Kripa Shankar, two Sri Lankan referees and two Nepalese referees are expected to come for officiating matches along with 12 Bangladeshi referees.