The programme was part of the PM’s continuous endeavor to increase the interest about sports among young and adult people
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed her expectation that Bangladesh will win the World Cup in future.
The Premier said this during the prize giving ceremony of the Bangabandhu inter university sports championship at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Saturday.
The programme was part of the PM’s continuous endeavor to increase the interest about sports among young and adult people.
“Our children will improve their physical and mental health through sports and bodybuilding. That is why we have taken the initiative. We are arranging many tournaments. There were 10 events, including cricket, football, handball and swimming, in the tournament. We have taken these initiatives from primary school level to university level. We will also start inter college tournament, inter school tournament. We will get many good players from these tournaments and we will be able to compete in the world level. I believe we will win the World Cup one day,” said the PM.
Before her speech, the final of the football event between Gono University and Fareast University ended in a 1-1 draw in the stipulated 60 minutes.
Gono University won the tie-breaker 4-3 to clinch the championship and later got prizes from the PM.
“I congratulate all the players, teachers, organizers, vice-chancellors of the universities who were related with the tournament. I thank all who were involved with the Bangabandhu inter university sports 2019,” she said.
The PM also stated about the success of arranging tournaments in different levels.
“We have started from the primary schools. We have arranged Primary School Bangamata Gold Cup. We have also arranged Bangabandhu Primary School Gold Cup. We have found many skillful players from these tournaments. Now, we have arranged the Bangabandhu inter university sports tournament.”
The Prime Minister also informed about the affinity for sports in her family.
“We have family relationship with sports. My grandfather and father used to play football. Sheikh Kamal and Sheikh Jamal’s wives were related with sports. Kamal took many initiatives for the improvement of sports,” she said.
The PM also said the habit of playing must be nurtured from the childhood and that the habit is a great way to combat drugs and terrorism.
“If we do not practice sports from childhood, the habit does not grow. So, we started from the primary level and we have come thus far. I hope this will continue,” she said.
“Terrorism, violence and drugs are wounds for society. I urge everyone to make resistance against these. I urge everyone to be aware about these,” she added.