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IUB shines in National Squash Championship

  • Md Raihan, Marjan Akter Monika clinched champion, runner-up positions, respectively
  • Tournament organized by Bangladesh Squash Rackets Federation  
Update : 30 Apr 2024, 02:54 PM

IUB squash players Md Raihan and Marjan Akter Monika have clinched the champion and runner-up positions in men’s open (university) and female open categories respectively in the fourth Bangladesh National Squash Championship 2024.

The tournament, organized by the Bangladesh Squash Rackets Federation (BSRF) and sponsored by Turaag Active and Urmi Group, was held from April 23-27 at three venues including the Army Squash Complex, Station Officers Mess Alpha and The American Club in Dhaka.

Raihan, a first-semester student of Management Information Systems (MIS) who joined IUB in the Summer 2024 semester with a 100% sports scholarship, emerged victorious in the male open (university) category, while Marjan Akter Monika, assistant coach and player of the IUB squash team, secured the runner-up position in the female open category.

Raihan, hailing from Khulna, secured the top spot in his category by defeating Rafi Chowdhury from Chittagong University with an impressive 3-0 margin.

In the earlier rounds, he defeated players from the Bangladesh Army, the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of the University of Dhaka, and Bangladesh University of Professionals.

Originally from Comilla, Marjan claimed the runner-up position in a fiercely contested category. She has a national ranking of 2 and has experience of participating in international competitions before.

The championship featured a total of 190 players from 26 clubs and institutions, including representatives from the Bangladesh Army and Navy.

Players were divided into eleven groups, comprising 99 male and 58 female participants selected from the regional rounds.

The prize-giving ceremony was held on April 27 at the Army Squash Complex.

Lt Col Muhammad Faruk Khan (retd), minister for civil Aviation and tourism and president of the Bangladesh Squash Rackets Federation, and Nazmul Hassan, minister for youth and sports and president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, handed the prizes to the winners.

In addition to the champions and runners-up recognitions, nine female players received Education and Squash Scholarships, while 20 players from underprivileged backgrounds were provided with sports equipment.

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