Former Bangladesh hockey team captain and vice-president of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation, Khwaja Rahmatullah, passed away in Dhaka Tuesday afternoon. He was 56.
Rahmatullah played an active role during the Hero Asia Cup 2017, which concluded in the capital Sunday. He served as the vice-chairman of the tournament's organising committee. After getting ill in Narayanganj, he was taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical College and Hospital where the doctor declared him dead. He left behind his wife.
Rahmatullah was a versatile midfielder in the country's hockey arena during the 1980s. After playing for the youth team in the early 80s, he represented Bangladesh in the 1986 Asian Games and also the Asia Cup in 1989. He played for Dhaka Abahani Limited during most of his club career. Before joining Abahani he played for Sadharon Bima and Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited, and also captained the Dhaka University hockey team. He also served as the general secretary of the BHF.
He was one of the key organisers behind the successful hosting of the recently concluded Asia Cup, which Dhaka hosted after a span of 32 years. Apart from being the vice-chairman of the tournament's organising committee, he was also the chairman of the accreditation committee. He was appreciated by the Asian Hockey Federation during the official night of the Asia Cup last week and received Certificate of Recognition from the AHF for his contribution in the Bangladesh hockey arena.
Abahani, Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association and Bangladesh Sports Press Association expressed deep condolence at the passing away of Rahmatullah. The first namaz-e-janaza will be held at the Abahani club premises Wednesday at 10am.