The tournament is being organized as part of the celebrations for the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
The Bangabandhu Inter-University Sports Championship 2020 officially kicked-off Sunday, with more than 6,000 athletes from public and private universities across the country set to participate.
The tournament is being organized as part of the celebrations for the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Jahid Ahsan Russel presided over the opening ceremony while acting secretary of Youth and Sports Dr M Jafaruddin was in attendance.
The foreign minister said the Father of the Nation brought glory to every sector in Bangladesh, and everyone needs to work together to fulfill his dream of creating a society where all are equal.
Momen also urged the youth to take responsibility for making a Golden Bengal.
“Winning or losing does not matter. Athletics is always the winner,” he added before unveiling the special jerseys for the tournament.
Russel said this is the second time this kind of tournament is being arranged and it is the biggest university competition of the country.
He further said: “We have already organized an inter-school tournament. After the university tournament, we will organize the Bangladesh Games with the aim of making gold medalists for a Golden Bengal.
“In the inter-university tournament, 1,200 female and over 4,800 male athletes from 102 public and private universities will participate in 100 events,” he added.
The tournament is being organized under the direction of the Youth and Sports Ministry with technical assistance and supervision from 12 sports federations.
Polar is the event partner.
The university that wins the most gold medals will be awarded the Bangabandhu Inter-University Sports Championship 2020 trophy.
The event will be held throughout different campuses of the country and will include football, cricket, swimming, athletics, table tennis, basketball, volleyball, handball, cycling and badminton.