A 27-member Bangladesh swimming team including 22 swimmers and five officials left Dhaka for Nepal on Sunday to take part in the 13th South Asian Games (formerly the SAF Games), that will be held from December 1-10 in Kathmandu and Pokhran.
The swimming squad will hold a 15-day high altitude training session there ahead of the main competition, said Bangladesh Swimming Federation in a press release on Sunday.
The swimmers made courtesy callsd with President of Bangladesh Swimming Federation and Chief of Bangladesh Navy Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury at the Bangladesh Navy HQ in Dhaka on Sunday morning before their departure.
The 13 male swimmers are: Mahfizur Rahman, Mahmudunnabi Nahid, Asif Reza, Juwel Ahmed, Sukumar Rajbangshi, Mamunur Rashid, Nur Alam, Faysal Ahmed, Polash Chowdhury, Jamrul Mia, Ariful Islam, Shariful Islam and Anik Islam.
The nine female swimmers are: Sonia Akhter Tumpa, Soniya Khatun, Suraiya Akhtar, Nayema Akhtar, Chumma Khatun, Romana Akhtar, Khadija Akhtar, Mukti Khatun and Junaina Ahmed.
Sonia Akhter Tumpa, who bagged two bronze medals in last SA Games in 2016 in India, said, “I will compete in the 50m and 200m butterfly and 100m freestyle and I do hope I will do well in 200m.”
Country’s promising swimmer Junaina Ahmed will fly from the UK to join the team on November 29 and will compete in eight swimming events.
The British-born Bangladeshi swimmer set two new national records in the 200m women’s freestyle and 200m women’s breaststroke in the 29th National Swimming, Diving and Water Polo Competition held in March this year, and is probably Bangladesh’s best chance of a medal in the pool.
The First Akash Cup Golf Tournament concluded on Saturday (Nov 16) at the Jashore Golf and Country Club.
Seventy golfers took part in four categories – Gents, Ladies, Juniors and Sub-Juniors – at the three-day competition.
GOC of the 55th Infantry Division and President of Jashore Golf Club Major General Ataul Hakim Sarwar Hasan and Head of Marketing of Beximco Communications Muhammad Abul Khair Chowdhury were present as guests in the inaugural and closing ceremony of the tournament.
Akash DTH, the country’s first and only legal DTH service provider said this kind of tournament will help to create opportunities and inspire potential golfers.
Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP) clinched the Teer 3rd National Youth Archery title securing 8 gold, 6 silver and 6 bronze medals that concluded at Archery Training Center in Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master Stadium in Tongi on Sunday.
Tirondaz Sangsad finished as 2nd securing 2 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze while Dhaka Army Archery Club finished 3rd and Bangladesh Ansar finished 4th securing one gold medals each.
BAF Tiger Cubs finished 5th earning 2 silvers and one bronze while Quantum Sportium finished 6th with one silver and one bronze.
Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) of City Group, Zafor Uddin Siddiqui distributed the prizes among the winners at the day’s closing function.
In the boys recurve junior (under-20), Mohammad Tamimul Islam of BKSP clinched gold, Mohammad Hakim Rubel of BKSP clinched silver and Shakib Mollah of Tirondaz Sangsad bagged bronze.
In the girls recurve junior (under-20), Mehnaz Aktar Monira of Dhaka Army Archery Club clinched gold, Moni Rani Sarker of BAF Tiger Cubs clinched silver and Dia Siddiqui of BKSP bagged bronze.
In the boys recurve cadet (under-17), Abdur Rahman Alif of BKSP clinched gold, Naimur Rahman Durjoy of BKSP bagged silver and Yeasin Arafat of Tirondaz Sangsad bagged bronze.
In the girls recurve cadet (under-17), Dia Siddiqui of BKSP won gold, Eti Khatun of Tirondaz Sangsad clinched silver and Fahmida Sultana of BKSP bagged bronze.
In the boys recurve youngster (under-14), Abdur Rahman Alif of BKSP claimed gold, Rakib Mia of BKSP secured silver and Yeasin Arafat of Tirondaz Sangsad won bronze.
In the girls recurve youngster (under-14), Eti Khatun of Tirondaz Sangsad grabbed gold, Uma Singh Marma of BKSP collected silver and Urmi Khatun of BKSP secured bronze.
In the boys compound junior (under-20), Md Ashiqujjaman of Tirondaz Sangsad bagged gold, Md Asif Mahmud Bappi bagged silver and Himu Bachar of BKSP secured bronze.
In the girls compound junior (under-20), Bonnya Akhter of Bangladesh Ansar clinched gold, Puspita Zaman of BKSP bagged silver and Lamia Islam of Tirondaz Sangsad earned bronze.
In the boys compound cadet (under-17), Himu Bachar of BKSP bagged gold, Siam Siddiqui of Tirondaz Sangsad won silver and Radin Bin Taleb grabbed bronze.
In the girls compound cadet (under-17), Puspita Zaman of BKSP earned gold, Lamia Islam of Tirondaz Sangsad bagged silver and Mst Humaira Akhtar Himu secured bronze.
In the boys recurve junior (under-20) teams, BKSP team comprises Mohammad Tamimul Islam, Mohammad Hakim Rubel and Pradipta Chakma secured gold, BAF Tiger Cubs team comprises Imran Hossain, Jannatul Islam and Sourav Roy earned silver and Quantium Sportium team comprises Omra Singh Marma, Jubaiyer Talha and Vanrum Vom bagged bronze.
In the boys recurve cadet (under-17) teams, BKSP team comprises Abdur Rahman Alif, Pradipta Chakma and Md Mishad Pradhan collected gold, Quantium Sportium team comprises Omra Singh Marma, Talha Jubaiyer Tanvir and Md Al Amin bagged silver and BAF Tiger Cubs team comprises Imran Hossain, Jannatul Islam and Sourav Roy earned bronze.
Bangladesh’s celebrated golfer Siddikur Rahman finished 8th with two other golfers in the Panasonic Open (Golf) that concluded on Sunday at the Classic Golf and Country Club course in Gurgaon near Delhi.
Settee Prakongvech of Thailand and Veer Ahlawat of India shared the 8th slot with Siddikur.
The tournament organising committee earlier decided to reduce the tournament to three rounds from four due to unfavourable weather and pollution in Delhi-NCR.
Siddikur, a two-time Asian Tour title winner and three-time runner up of Panasonic Open, carded three birdies against three bogeys in the third and final round on Sunday to score equal-par 72 to settled for total eight-under par (69+67+72) 208.
Another Bangladeshi golfer Md Zamal Hossain Mollah finished 30th with six other players carding two-under par 70 in the 3rd round to make total four-under par (74+68+70) 212.
Joohyung Kim of South Korea fired total 13-under par 203 with seven under-par 65 in the day’s 3rd round to clinch the Panasonic Open (Golf) title while two Indian players – Chikkarangappa and Shiv Kapur finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Chikkarangappa carded total 12-under par 204 with five-under-par 67 in the 3rd round while Shiv carded total 12-under par 204 two-under-par 70 in the last round.
Frustrated that a game that looked like a sure win was pushed into overtime, Nathan MacKinnon took matters into his own hands.
MacKinnon scored his second goal of the game just 27 seconds into the extra period as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 Saturday night.
Colorado led 4-2 with 2:37 left in the third before Alex Edler and Brock Boeser scored 1:37 apart with Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko on the bench for an extra attacker, sending the game to the 3-on-3 overtime.
It didn’t take MacKinnon long to settle the matter as he took a pass in his own zone, used his speed to skate the length of the ice through the Canucks defenders, then beat Demko on the blocker side.
“It just felt kind of cheesy,” said MacKinnon, who also had an assist in the game. “It didn’t really feel like they earned the tie. I just didn’t feel like it should have been an overtime. I’m sure everyone felt the same as I did. I just wanted to end it as quick as possible. I wanted to end it the first shift and I’m glad I did.”
The Avalanche were angry Edler’s goal came while Colorado’s Matt Calvert was lying on the ice bleeding from his ear after being hit on the side of the head by Elias Pettersson’s wrist shot. Vancouver had possession and the officials let the play continue.
“For me, we’re talking about head injuries and what not, and that’s the second time now in two weeks for us that a guy takes a puck in the face and is bleeding all over the ice and (officials are) letting it go,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “He’s not moving so I just think we should blow it dead. Sometimes it’s a tough call to make because you’re trying to let the play go and seeing if he’s going to get up. But I think eventually you should just blow it dead.”
Vancouver coach Travis Green said the Canucks had a similar incident recently in Winnipeg when defenseman Chris Tanev was left hobbling on the ice after blocking a shot.
“My understanding is, if you have the puck with possession, you don’t blow the whistle,” Green said. “Right or wrong, that’s the way the rule has been for a while. We got fortunate tonight. You don’t like to see someone laying down hurt like that.”
Andre Burakovsky had a goal and an assist, and Nazem Ka dri and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also scored to help the Avalanche improve to 4-1-0 in their last five games. Rookie defenseman Cale Makar added four assists.
Makar, wo leads all NHL rookies with 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) wasn’t too happy with his game.
“I don’t think I really played too well tonight,” he said. “At the end, we have to do a better job containing their 6-on-5. There’s still a lot of things to work on but those are key strengths that we need to just keep executing.”
Colorado goalie Antoine Bibeau, who was making his first NHL start since the 2016-17 season when he started two games for Toronto, stopped 28 shots.
Adam Gaudette had two power-play goals for Vancouver, which fell to 1-4-2 in its last seven games. Josh Leivo had two assists and Demko finished with 18 saves.
Boeser believes the Canucks showed character by erasing the two-goal deficit.
“I thought overall we played a petty good game,” he said. “That was a huge point for us. We just have to build off it.”
Burakovsky put the Avs ahead 4-2 early in the third period. MacKinnon controlled play behind the Canucks’ goal, then passed to an open Burakovsky who had an empty net to shoot at.
With the Avalanche on the power play, Makar sent a cross-ice pass to MacKinnon, who fired a shot past Demko for his 12th at 7:51 of the second.
The Avs made it 3-1 with 8 1/2 minutes left in the period when Makar hit Kadri with a long pass after he got behind the Canucks’ defense. Kadri scored on a wrist shot to extend his points streak (two goals, four assists) to five games.
The Canucks cut the lead to one on Gaudette's second goal with just 2 seconds left in the period.
The Avalanche scored at 6:56 of the first when Bellemare deflected defenseman Erik Johnson's shot from the blue line past Demko.