Around 15 venues in Dhaka were busy throughout the day with the presence of more than 2,000 young athletes on the second day of the 1st edition of the Bangladesh Youth Games, with the exception of the Bangabandhu National Stadium that was being prepared for upcoming events after a colourful opening ceremony the previous evening.
Young shooter Mehedi Hasan Milon from Pabna bagged the first gold medal of the mega event while promising swimmers Ariful and Sushma Khatun, representing Dhaka and Khulna respectively, also attracted the headlines by winning three and two golds respectively.
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Dhaka swimmer Ariful Islam has bagged three gold medals so far[/caption]
The lack of participants compared to other disciplines saw shooting complete the fixtures in two days with the winners decided in all six events. Milon of Pabna Rifles Club grabbed the day's first gold in the boys' .177 open sight air-rifle event by scoring 247 points. In the girls' section of the same event, Jinnat Kabir Suchona from Pirojpur won gold by scoring 235.
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Young shooter Mehedi Hasan Milon (C) of Pabna Rifles Club poses with the gold medal[/caption]
Sheikh Shahjalal Sadman of Netrokona and Nilufar Yeasmin of Kushtia won gold in the boys' and girls' .177 air-pistol event respectively while Saqibul Alam Al-Amin of Kishoreganj and Parvin Chowdhury Ritheeka took gold in the boys' and girls' .177 match air-rifle event respectively.
After winning the event’s first ever gold medal, Milon was unable to express his happiness in words. He said, "Many more players like me would come out from such kind of competition. I heard federation would provide long-term training opportunities to those who perform well here. If this happens, it would be very good for us."
Women's hockey competition has become a rare scene in the capital's sports scenario in recent years but Sunday’s beginning of the hockey event observed the return of women's hockey at Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium as Dhaka divisional women's team were off to a huge 6-0 win over neighbour Mymensingh. Sumi Akter and Sania Akter netted a brace apiece while Fardia Akter and Tarik Akter Khushi added one apiece for the home side.
Rajshahi also made a flying start in the opening match of the boys' event as they thrashed Khulna 8-0, thanks to a four-goal haul by Nasir Hossain and one each from Tasin, Ashikur, Shaon and Abir. Shaon was adjudged the best player and thus awarded a hockey stick and ball from Bangladesh Hockey Federation.
A total of 25 boys and 22 girls are taking part in the archery discipline. Ibrahim Sheikh of Dhaka, Tawhid of Rajshahi and Talha Jubair and Mishad Pradhan of Chittagong reached the semi-final in their respective event in the boys' section while international gold-medalist Radia Akter Shapla of Rajshahi, Abony Osman of Dhaka, Jerin of Rangpur, Ity Khatun of Khulna and Rabeya Khatun of Rajshahi made it to the semi-final in the girls' events.
A total of 106 boxers are participating in the final round at Mohammad Ali Boxing Stadium. More than fifty preliminary bouts in different categories took place in its first day on the rings Sunday. Forty quarter-finals are scheduled to be held on the third day before the fixtures conclude Wednesday.