The country’s sports federations observed the 52nd Independence Day on Saturday, commemorating the proclamation of independence by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahaman and the martyrs of the liberation war.
Different federations including football, cricket, shooting, archery, kabaddi, carrom, gymnastics, chess arranged various day-long sporting events or competitions at their respective premises on the occasion.
The national football team, who are currently preparing for their second FIFA Tier-1 Friendly match against Mongolia on March 29, extended wishes to the nation during their training session at the Sylhet District Stadium.
In cricket, Bangladesh Red XI beat Bangladesh Green XI by 74 runs in a 20-over exhibition match held at the National Cricket Academy in Mirpur with the participation of former national cricketers.
Opting to bat first, Bangladesh Red compiled a hefty 269-8 with Rajin Saleh hitting 87 off 37, with three fours and 10 sixes. He was ably supported by Tushar Imran's 38 ball-77, studded by five fours and seven sixes. Fast bowler Hasibul Hossain Shanto grabbed 5-45.
In reply, Bangladesh Green were bowled out for 195 in 18.5 overs. After the top and middle-order batters’ failure, No.9 batter Jamal Babu struck 62 off 20 balls with six fours and five sixes to help the side edge closer to the 200-run mark. Red pacer Mahbub Alam Robin scalped 5-30.
Sathira Jakir Jessy, a former Bangladesh women’s team player, officiated the match between Bangladesh Red XI and Bangladesh Green XI along with Syed Mahbubullah.
BKF seven beat Nepal by 51-27 points. BKF Seven was formed with the national camp players who were not selected for the final squad in the Bangabandhu Cup International Kabaddi.
The Chess Federation arranged a day-long ‘Golden Jubilee of Independence Day FIDE Rapid Rating Chess Tournament’ at the BCF hall room with the participation of 100 players. Prize money of Tk 1.5 lakh were distributed among the winners.
The Shooting Sports Federation arranged a day-long ‘Open 10m Air Rifle Competition’ with the participation of some local shooters at its premises.
The Carrom Federation organised a four-day ‘Independence Day Carrom Tournament’ at its hall room to observe the day. The tournament will be held on March 25-28 with the participation of 70 men and women players.
The Archery Federation named their national championships as ‘Golden Jubilee Teer 13th National Archery Championships 2022’ which will kick off with an inaugural program today at the Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master Stadium in Tongi. A total of 196 local archers – 85 in recurve men, 59 in recurve women, 30 in compound men and 22 in compound women – from 45 teams will compete for 30 medals in total 10 events – single, team and mixed team – of the three-day meet.
The Gymnastics Federation will host a day-long ‘Bangabandhu Independence and National Day Gymnastics Competition’ on March 30 at the National Sports Council gymnasium. The district sports association and services teams are expecting to take part in the competition.