Two vice-presidents of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Badal Roy and Mohiuddin Ahmed Mohi on Thursday demanded deferment of BFF Election that was scheduled to be held on April 20 to avoid the transmission of coronavirus.
Badal and Mohi placed their demand while talking to the reporters at BFF house in the afternoon.
Badal Roy said “It will not be wise to arrange the BFF election in a crisis situation of corona virus thread and I would like to request all for holding an emergency meeting over the matter.”
Badal talked with BFF president Kazi Mohammad Salahddin over phone in front of the reporters and requested him to change the date of BFF election.
According to Badal, Salahuddin informed him that the change of election schedule is depends on the approval of FIFA and AFC.
Meanwhile, Another vice president Mohi handed over a letter to BFF president to change election date.
He told reporters that “Every districts, some clubs and educational institutions are involved with the BFF election. Apparently, some 140 councilors and some candidates will participate in the election, but actually near about thousand people are directly or indirectly involved with the election which will create a huge gathering posing greater risk to the public health.”
After the briefing of two vice presidents, BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag said “We have taken all the preparations to hold the election on April 20”
“We are also maintaining a close touch with FIFA and AFC and updating them about the current situation of coronavirus. Only AFC and FIFA can shift the date.” he added.
The meeting of the three-member election commission will be held at BFF house on Saturday (Mar 21) with chief election commissioner Mesbah Uddin in the chair.
Mesbah Uddin successfully conducted last three BFF elections as the Chief Election Commissioner while the other two members were - Mahufuzur Rahman Siddique and Motaher Hossian Saju. All three are retired government officers.
However, the present BFF president Kazi Salahuddin announced that he will fight for the president’s post again while his vice-president Badal Roy is also ready to challenge him.
Another well-known organiser Tarafder Mohammad Ruhul Amin earlier stepped down to compete for the hot seat of BFF president in the ensuing election, although he is expected to lead a panel.
Both Salahuddin and Tarafder are reportedly working to form their panel despite of coronavirus threat.
Eight teams advanced to the 3rd round of the Walton Smart Fridge-Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) six-a-side Media Cup Football Tournament eliminating their rivals at the Shaheed (Capt) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here on Wednesday.
The teams are: The Daily Sun, GTV, Amader Shomoy, Ajkaler Khabor, Naya Diganta, Manab Zamin, Jagonews24.com and Dainik Jugantor
In the day’s 2nd round matches, The Daily Sun beat ATN News by 1-0 goal, GTV defeated Nagarik TV by 4-3 goals in tie breaker, Amader Shomoy outplayed Sangram 3-0, Ajkaler Khabor beat Jababdihi 1-0, Naya Diganta beat Ittefaq 1-0, Manab Zamin defeated Inqilab 1-0 and Jagonews24.com outplayed Sangbad 3-0.
In the day’s another fixture, Dainik Jugantor got walkover against Channel 1
However, DRU Media Cup Football Tournament has been suspended from March 19 to March 31 due to outbreak of deadly Corona Virus. Fresh schedule of the tournament will be announced later.
Spanish football coach Francisco Garcia, who worked with Atletico Portada Alta, has died from novel coronavirus, reports NDTV. He was 21. He was suffering from leukemia which made him vulnerable against the virus and he was taken to the Regional Hospital of Malaga with severe coronavirus symptoms where he passed away on Sunday, reports goal.com. Garcia had served as Malaga-based club Atletico Portada Alta's youth team manager since 2016 and has now become the fifth and the youngest victim to have died from the coronavirus in the region.
A statement from the club read: "From Atletico Cotada Alta we want to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and relatives of our coach Francisco Garcia who has left us, unfortunately, unfortunately, today.
"And now what do we do without you, Francis? If you were always with us when it was necessary, helping us and giving your all. How are we going to continue conquering winning in the league? We don't know how, but surely we will, for you. We will not forget you, rest in peace, phenomenon. Forever."
Segunda outfit Malaga CF also expressed their condolences to Garcia's friends and family in a short message on Twitter, stating: "From the club, we want to convey to Atletico Portada Alta our deepest condolences for the loss of one of their coaches, Francisco Garcia, as well as send a warm hug to his family and friends. Together we must stop COVID-19."
Major football leagues in Spain have all been suspended indefinitely to contain the spread of coronavirus, which has claimed over 6,000 lives across the world.