The country’s football legend and Bangladesh Football Federation President Kazi Salahuddin has been selected in the lifetime achievement category of the newly-introduced Sheikh Kamal National Sports Council Award 2021.
The Ministry for Youth and Sports has announced the award on Wednesday on the eve of the 72nd birth anniversary of freedom fighter Shaheed Captain Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and younger brother of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Bangladesh Cricket Board has been selected in the best sports association category while Archer Ruman Shana, weightlifter Mabia Akter Simanta and swimmer Mahfuza Khatun Shila have been selected in the best athlete category.
Cricketer Akbar Ali, chess player Mohammad Fahad Rahman and footballer Unnoti Khatun have been named in the best emerging athlete category.
Both Manzur Kader of Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Kyaw Shwe Hla of Bangladesh Karate Federation have been selected in the best organizer category.
Muhammad Kamruzzaman will receive the best sports journalist award while Walton Group is selected in the best sponsor category.
“He (Sheikh Kamal) is the pioneer of the country’s sports and cultural movements. He played a vital role in our liberation war. After the war, he tried to introduce the modern style of sports here. He had great intellect and organizational skill,” State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell said during a virtual press conference from Tokyo on Wednesday.
The awards will be handed over to the winners today at the Sheikh Kamal Auditorium of the NSC building on the occasion of the 72nd birth anniversary of Sheikh Kamal.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be virtually present at the ceremony as the chief guest.
Sheikh Kamal National Sports Council Award 2021:
Lifetime achievement award: Kazi Salahuddin
Best athlete: Ruman Shana, Mabia Akter Simanta and Mahfuza Khatun Shila
Best organiser: Manzur Kader and Kyaw Shwe Hla
Best emerging athlete: Akbar Ali, Mohammad Fahad Rahman and Unnoti Khatun
Best sports association: Bangladesh Cricket Board
Best sports journalist: Muhammad Kamruzzaman
Best sponsor: Walton