Speakers at the panel noted that the involvement of women in sports commentary was still low in number
Education in sports management, sports marketing and other sports related subjects should be added in universities, said sports journalist and Radio Aamar Commentator Fahim Rahman.
He made the comment while speaking at a panel discussion at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) arranged in celebration of World Radio Day 2018. The topic of the discussion was “Sports and Radio,” in line with this year’s theme for the World Radio Day.
“We are trying to cover news of as many sports as possible, including golf and rugby, to spread awareness,” informed Fahim, stating that the highly competitive world of sports journalism in Bangladesh forced them to pay more attention to cricket and football due to more popularity.
Speakers at the panel noted that the involvement of women in sports commentary was still low in number because women do not participate in sports as much as men do, and hence lack the critical knowledge required to become sports journalists.
“Sports journalism requires on-the-spot commentary, which is a skill that many women do not have. There is no time for preparation,” said Shathira Jakir Jesy, former Vice Captain of Bangladesh National Womens’ Cricket Team and Commentator for Radio Shadhin.
She also urged newscasters to change the chronology of news, reporting on newer and less popular sports first.
President of Bangladesh Sports Commentators Forum and Commentator for Bangladesh Betar Alfazuddin Ahmed said that radio sports commentators must have the ability to attract listeners' attention in order to get through to them.
Responding to a question, he explained that sports commentary required a bilingual approach because certain sports require the usage of English terms to communicate better with the audience.
“However, if a radio station is aimed at the greater national audience, formal Bangla language must be used, and local dialect has to be avoided.” he added. He also informed that the Bangladesh Sports Commentators Forum is planning to launch a dedicated sports magazine in the near future.
Among others, Professor and Head of the School of Social Science at ULAB Jude William R Genilo, and Sports Editor of The Daily Banik Barta and Radio Jockey of Radio Aamar Nazmul Haque Tapan, were also present at the session.