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Sports arena pays tribute to NSC’s first secretary Anisur

Kazi Anisur Rahman passed away in the capital Friday due to complications related to old age. He was 92

Update : 14 Jan 2024, 10:12 PM

The country's sports fraternity paid homage to Kazi Anisur Rahman, the first secretary of the National Sports Council, as his body was taken to Bangabandhu National Stadium Sunday.

Anisur passed away in the capital Friday due to complications related to old age. He was 92.

A namaz-e-janaza was held at the BNS, the main venue of the country's sports hub.

The event was attended by fellow young and veteran organizers, current and former players, and coaches.

"When he was appointed as the secretary of the Bangladesh Sports Control Board (now NSC), he refused to take any substantial salary. Despite it being a government post, he chose to receive only Tk1 as salary," said veteran sports organizer Mozaffar Hossain Paltu.

"Organizing sports was extremely challenging at that time, given the impact of war on the country. Anis bhai established the federation through honesty and skill. He was fully committed to sports," added Paltu, who is also a senior Awami League politician.

Mohammad Yusuf Ali, a member of the Hockey Federation, said: "He made immense contributions to Bangladesh's sports. He also helped many people, a contribution that can't be summarized briefly. I pray for his departed soul."

After playing vital roles in reconstructing the country's sports scene, Anisur served in various positions in the Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation, including senior vice president.

He held the position of treasurer at the Asian Kabaddi Federation from 1988 to 1994 and received special honors.

"After I took over the responsibility of the kabaddi federation, I tried to delve into the history of kabaddi and learned about this respected person (Anisur). His name comes first when one looks for the history of Bangladesh in international kabaddi," said kabaddi federation's general secretary Habibur Rahman.

Alongside many well-wishers, Anisur left behind his wife, a son and a daughter to mourn his death.

His son, Ashfaqur Rahman said, "Throughout his life, he approached sports with love, passion, and emotion. He considered the sports arena as family. Thanks for bringing my father here and showing him respect."

Several other sports organizations, including the Bangladesh Volleyball Federation, Cycling Federation, Hockey Federation, Handball Federation, Gymnastics Federation, Throw Ball Association, Azad Sporting Club, and Bangladesh Sports Press Association, paid their respects through floral tributes.

Anisur's body was then taken to his birthplace Ghorashal in Narsingdi, where he was laid to rest in the family graveyard in the afternoon.

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