Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said her younger brother Sheikh Kamal had made extensive contributions in the country’s culture and sports arenas.
“Sheikh Kamal had made a great contribution after the liberation which helped the country’s culture and sports reach today’s well-heeled position,” she said, taking part in a discussion and award distribution ceremony of Sheikh Kamal National Sports Council in the city.
Joining the function virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence here, the Prime Minister said, Sheikh Kamal was actively involved in student politics and he used to take part in each of the movements and processions since he was a student of Dhaka College and he later continued it after getting admitted to the Dhaka University.
Highlighting the significant contributions he made to the country’s politics, culture and sports, Sheikh Hasina said Sheikh Kamal would have done much more for the country if he remained alive.
The Prime Minister, also elder sister of Sheikh Kamal, said Kamal never used to demand anything for himself.
She said Kamal used to sing songs, play the sitar and had a band, “Spondon Shilpa Gosthi” with whom he made popular the local folk songs using modern equipments.
A total of 10 persons including sportsmen, journalist and organizers, and two organisations received the Sheikh Kamal National Sports Council Award for their outstanding contribution in the sports arena.
Kazi M Salahuddin received Sheikh Kamal Lifetime Achievement Award while Ruman Shana (archery), Mahfuza Khatun Shila (swimming) and Mabia Akhter Simanta (weightlifting) got the best sportsperson award.
As emerging sportsmen, Akbar Ali (cricket), Fahad Rahman (chess) and Unnoti Khatun (football) received the award while Monjur Kader (Sheikh Jamal DC) and Kyaw Shwe Hla (karate) have been awarded as best organizers.
In best journalist category, Journalist Mohammad Quamruzzaman was given the award while Bangladesh Cricket Board got the award of best sports orginsation while Walton as partner.
State Minister of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel, MP, presided over the function while its Senior Secretary Md. Akhter Hossain gave the welcome address.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports arranged a discussion on the contribution of Sheikh Kamal to flourishing the sports, culture and politics at the Shaheed Sheikh Kamal Auditorium, National Sports Council, on the occasion. It also held a special prayer seeking eternal peace of the departed soul of Sheikh Kamal.
Noted sports organizer and youth and sports affairs secretary of the Awami League Harunur Rashid and Swadhin Bangla Football Team manager Tanveer Mazhar Islam Tanna recalled memories with their friend Sheikh Kamal in the function.