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PM for fund to help athletes

  • Published at 11:03 pm June 25th, 2019
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Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presides over a meeting of the council at the NEC conference room, at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Focus Bangla

The initiative will help in the post retirement financial endeavours of athletes

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the Finance Ministry and Sports Ministry to set up a special fund to provide financial assistance to athletes.

She gave the directive at the meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday. 

The initiative would be taken to ensure sportspeople do not suffer financial hardships after retirement, Planning Minister MA Mannan told reporters after the meeting.

The fund would help them to maintain their physical fitness, Sheikh Hasina said. It will also be used to impart training to all professional athletes.

"If their [athletes'] fitness remains fine, they can engage in other jobs, the prime minister said," according to Mannan.

He said the prime minister congratulated the Bangladesh Cricket Team at the Ecnec meeting for their victory against Afghanistan in the ICC World Cup in England.