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BOA asks BBF to investigate female player’s accusation

  • Published at 10:20 pm November 25th, 2019
Basketball
Bangladesh women's basketball team

The BOA held separate meetings with both the parties at the BOA office in Dhaka Monday

The Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) has asked the Bangladesh Basketball Federation (BBF) to investigate the allegations of physical assault leveled by female basketball player Tasfia Chowdhury against women’s basketball team head coach Sabuj Mia.

The BOA held separate meetings with both the parties at the BOA office in Dhaka Monday. After the meetings, the BOA asked the BBF to submit its report on the investigation into the allegations within two days.

The BOA also asked for Sabuj to be suspended from the team during the investigation, according to BOA Director General Fakhruddin Haider.

As many as eight national female basketball players out of total ten of the South Asian Games camp also came to the BOA and said they had no complaints with Sabuj.

“We are against any kind of physical assault on any athletes. I tried to know what actually happened and talked to eight players, but all of them denied any physical assault by the coach. If he committed such an assault, he should be punished,” said the men’s basketball team coach Ranjit Das, who is also a member of the executive committee of the federation.

A video of the alleged physical abuse of another basketball player named Ferdousi Rita, at BKSP during the SA Games camp in late October, went viral on social media recently. Rita was among the players present at the BOA yesterday and defended her coach.

“I have been in the camp for the last six months. I can’t accept the video that went viral without my permission. It is not true that Sir (Sabuj) hit me. After I failed to do something despite repeatedly being asked by the coach, he just poked me on my head and told me to concentrate more,” said Rita, who had come to the BOA along with the seven other players to collect their kits. 

However, another player of the camp who did not come to the BOA, Nahiyan Noor, supported Tasfia’s allegations.  

Tasfia’s father Kawsar Chowdhury said: “I was compelled to use the video clip because there was no other evidence that would show what the coach did in the training. The incident of my daughter being assaulted couldn’t be recorded since their phones were confiscated during the trip.”

Earlier, Tasfia decided to quit the national camp after returning from the Kolkata camp, and said the coach had physically assaulted her during the 12-day trip that ended on November 22.