National star-studded Bashundhara Kings earned a massive 12-0 goals victory over less-known Begum Anwara Sporting Club in the opening match of the Tricotex Women’s Football League that began on Saturday at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur here.
Former national captain Krishna Rani Sarkar struck four goals, famed national forward Sabina Khatun netted three, Mishrat Jahan Moushumi scored two while Sheuli Azim, Nargis Khatun and Maria Manda scored one goal each for the winners.
Cumilla United will play Jamalpur Kacharipara Akadas on Sunday (Fsebruary 23) at 12 noon at the same venue
“1st Barishal Marathon 2020" was held on Saturday at Bangabandhu Park in Barishal city, marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and aiming to spread anti-drug spirit.
The event, organised by science organization ‘Cosmic Culture’ had over 200 runners participating in four categories: Half Marathon (21.5 km), Power Run (10 km), Dream Run (5 km) and Charity Run (3.5 km).
Barisal Metropolitan Police Commissioner Shahabuddin Khan inaugurated the marathon as the chief guest. In his speech he said such an arrangement will motivate people to engage in various good works and inspire them to lead a beautiful life, said a press release.
Barisal Press Club President Manvendra Batbal and Cosmic Culture President Dr Anish Mandal gave away souvenirs and medals to winners and marathon finishers.
In the Half Marathon category, Md Wasiur Rahman, Rana Rahman and Shobhan Mitra Tanchangha occupied 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Sheikh Zahirul Islam, Dr Pranab Kumar Saha and Md Abdullah Sajan attained top three positions respectively in Power Run category.
The event was sponsored by Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Amrita Consumer Food Products Ltd. and Data Craft.
Four times champions BCB South Zone made a good start in the final match of the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) scoring 305 for 6 in 90 overs against Islami Bank East Zone at the end of first day of five –day affairs at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here on Saturday.
Sent in to bat first, BCB South Zone made a flying start making 131 runs in the opening stand by Fazle Mahmud and Anamul Haque Bijoy and later Fazle Mahmud pairing Al Amin added another 53 runs in the 2nd wicket stand.
Opener Fazle Mahmud contributed the match highest 86 runs off 155 balls featuring nine fours and two sixes, national opener Anamul Haque Bijoy scored 131-ball 76 runs hitting five fours and one six while one down Al Amin made 61-ball 39 runs with five boundaries.
Besides, number four Shamsur Rahman scored an unbeaten 37 runs off 91 balls with five hits to the fence, Mahedi Hasan quick fired 35-ball 36 runs with four hits across the rope and one over the rope while Nurul Hasan made 23-ball 18 runs with four boundaries.
Ruyel Miah claimed two wickets for 58 runs while Abu Hider Rony, Saqlain Sajib and Afif Hossain grabbed one wicket each.
A brilliant century by captain Craig Ervine helped touring Zimbabwe score 228 runs for 6 in 90 overs on the first day of the one-off Test against Bangladesh at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday.
Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bat first. For Zimbabwe, Charlton Tshuma made his debut. The 26-year-old right-arm pacer played five First-class, nine List-A and three T20 matches.
Visiting Zimbabwe made a cautious start scoring 80 for 1 in 30 overs at lunch and scored 150 for 3 in 60 overs at tea.
They lost opening batsman Kevin Kasuza in the last ball of the eighth over when Nayeem Hasan took a regulation catch at gully off an Abu Jayed delivery.
After the dismissal of opener Kevin Kasuza (2) for seven runs in eight overs,
Prince Masvuare pairing with captain Craig Ervine contributed 111 runs in the 2nd wicket stand in 40.1 overs.
Abu Jayed Rahi, who made himself as the main bowler of Bangladesh in Test cricket, made the first breakthrough dismissing Zimbabwe opener Kevin Kasuza on 7.
Craig Ervine hammered a superb innings of 107 runs off 227 balls featuring 13 boundaries while opener Prince Masuavre contributed 152-ball 64 runs hitting nine boundaries.
Besides, Sikandar Raza (18) and Brendan Taylor (10) were other Zimbabwe batsmen reaching the double figures.
Nayeem Hasan grabbed four wickets for 68 runs while Abu Jayed bagged two for 51 runs.
Bangladesh playing XI: Tamim Iqbal, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque (c), Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das (wk), Mushfiqur Rahim, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain, Nayeem Hasan
Zimbabwe playing XI: Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza, Craig Ervine (c), Brendan Taylor, Timycen Maruma, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Donald Tiripano, Victor Nyauchi, Ainsley Ndlovu, Charlton Tshuma
The Tokyo Olympics open in exactly five months on July 24. The Paralympics open on Aug. 25. But the fast-spreading coronavirus from China is making Tokyo organizers very anxious. Three deaths have been reported in Japan with more than 700 cases, more than 600 from a cruise ship that was docked in Yokohama. Globally, more than 77,000 people have been infected in 29 countries, and more than 2,300 have died — almost all in China. China is the host for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Local organizers and the Switzerland-based International Olympics Committee have said repeatedly the games will not be canceled or postponed.
Since the modern Olympics began in 1896, they have only be canceled during wartime. And in 1980 and '84 they faced boycotts.
Tokyo held the 1964 Olympics and was to hold the Olympics in 1940, which were eventually called off by World War II and Japan's war with China.
The longer the outbreak continues, the more it could sew uncertainly. Both the Olympics and Paralympics have been besieged with unprecedented ticket demand.
Here's some questions and answers about the virus and its threat to the Olympics.
Q: WILL THE TOKYO OLYMPICS BE CANCELED OR POSTPONED?
The IOC, local organizers, the Tokyo city government and everyone involved is saying "no." That includes Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. However, a respected Japanese virologist said this week the games would have to be postponed or canceled if they opened tomorrow.
"I'm not sure of the situation at the end of July," Dr. Hitoshi Oshitani said. He said it would be "difficult to have the Olympics (now)." Other scientists have said they can not forecast what the situation will be in five months.
Q: ARE OTHER EVENTS LINKED TO THE OLYMPICS BEING CANCELED OR POSTPONED?
Yes. And the list is growing. Tokyo organizers announced very late on Friday night — near midnight Tokyo time — that training for 80,000 unpaid volunteers was being delayed until May or later. Some volunteers come from abroad. Organizers acknowledge they cannot run the games without them. Organizers this week also announced that a small test event in Tokyo Feb. 28-March 1 would be limited to only Japanese. The test is for Paralympic boccia and was to involve non-Japanese athletes.
Two upcoming test events — wheelchair rugby on March 12-15 and gymnastics on April 4-6 — are to have international fields. Tokyo spokesman Masa Takaya said this week he could not guarantee that non-Japanese would take part.
Dozens of sports events outside Japan are affected. Some Olympic qualifiers are being moved or postponed, which complicates life for athletes, sports federations, national Olympic bodies, and border officials who have to deal with health issues.
Q: WILL THE OLYMPICS BE MOVED TO ANOTHER COUNTRY?
Shaun Bailey, a Conservative Party candidate for London mayor, made that suggestion this week. It sounded like a political stunt. Some in London also wanted the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics moved to the British capital because of the Zika virus. The games went ahead and the mosquito-borne virus subsided.
Tokyo Gov. Yurkio Koike said it was "inappropriate" to make a serious issue like the virus a talking point for London's mayoral race. London held the Summer Games in 2012.
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE TORCH RELAY?
So far it is on. The relay starts on March 26 in Fukushima prefecture in northeastern Japan and will circulate around the country for several months. It will involve mostly Japanese carrying the torch, but certainly non-Japanese will be involved. Any change to planning would be a worrying sign.
Q: HOW MUCH MONEY IS INVOLVED?
Local Japanese companies have paid over $3 billion for sponsorship deals to local organizers, a record amount that is at least twice any previous Olympics. Local organizers say they are spending about $13 billion to organize the Olympics, although a national audit report puts the cost at twice that much.
U.S. television network NBC pays about $1 billion for the broadcast rights to the Olympics. The July 24-Aug. 9 Tokyo Olympic slot is mostly determined by television. Moving the Olympics back a few months — when the weather is cooler in Tokyo — would seem impossible with the sports broadcast calendar filled with American football, college football, baseball, basketball, and ice hockey. The European soccer schedule is also packed beginning in fall.
Almost three-quarters of the income for the International Olympic Committee — $5.7 billion in a four-year cycle — is from broadcast rights.
Any change would cause massive disruptions to the 11,000 Olympic athletes and another 5,000 Paralympic athletes — and their staffs, families and coaches. Tokyo hotels are book solid during the Olympics — not to mention flights — with 7.8 million tickets available for the Olympics, and 2.3 million for the Paralympics.