Dhaka, Dec 18 (UNB) – Bangladesh Army emerged men’s champions in Victory Day Kabaddi Tournament beating Bangladesh Police by 37-29 points in the final here on Tuesday.
In the women’s group, Bangladesh Ansar clinched the title beating Bangladesh Police by 24-23 points in a keenly contested final in the afternoon.
General Secretary of Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation Habibur Rahman, Deputy Inspector General of Bangladesh Police, was the chief guest in the day’s final and later distributed the prizes among the winners.
Dhaka, Dec 18 (UNB) - Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) clinched the men’s title of the Victory Day Handball Tournament outplaying Bangladesh Police by 32-9 goals in the final at Capt (retd) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here on Tuesday.
The winners clearly dominated the first half by 14-3 goals. Taju Hasan scored 10 goals for the winners while Mahbubul netted five goals for the losers.
Bangladesh Ansar lifted the women’s crown of the meet beating BJMC (Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation) by 23-14 goals after leading the first session by 13-7 goals in the final at the same venue Tuesday afternoon.
Ismat Ara contributed six goals for the winners while Rupa also scored the same for the losers.
Taju Hasan of the champions BGB was adjudged the best men’s player while Alpana of Bangladesh Ansars clichéd the best women’s title.
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakka (RAJUK) Chairman Mohammad Abdur Rahman witnessed the day’s final as the chief guest and distributed the trophies. General Secretary of Bangladesh Handball Federation Asaduzzaman Kohinoor was also present on the occasion.
St. Petersburg, Dec 18 (AP/UNB) — The women's tennis tour approved rule changes Monday that are meant to ensure players are not penalized after they return from pregnancy or an injury that causes a long absence.
The changes were prompted, in part, by the experiences of former No. 1 players Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, both of whom returned to competition after giving birth.
The WTA announced that players returning to the tour may use a special ranking for up to three years after the birth of a child, and the exemption can be used for seedings at big events.
Williams, who owns an Open-era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles, was unseeded at this year's French Open in her first major since the birth of her daughter — despite having won the previous major she played, the 2017 Australian Open. Williams was seeded 25th at Wimbledon and 17th at the U.S. Open, and she reached the finals and lost at both of those majors.
Players who return from an injury that keeps them out of competition for a year or longer may use a special ranking in 12 tournaments. No player will be bumped from her earned seeded position.
"These changes," WTA CEO and chairman Steve Simon said, "are designed to fully support players in their return to competition, while maintaining the highest standards of athletic competition and fairness."
The tour also said it will ensure women at WTA tournaments "are not penalized or prohibited from wearing leggings or compression shorts without a skirt, dress or shorts over them."
Williams wore a black bodysuit at the French Open, where she pulled out with an injury before the fourth round. Williams said she wore the compression suit because of a history of blood clots, including after childbirth.
This fall, the president of the French Tennis Federation said Williams could no longer wear the black bodysuit at the French Open.
Azarenka, a member of the WTA Players' Council, said she wants to make sure the WTA is "the most progressive and inclusive association in sports."
"Our players should feel comfortable and confident to take time away from the courts to have a family or recover from injury," Azarenka said.
Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) – The Yonex-Sunrise International Junior Badminton Tournament began at the Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Stadium here on Monday with local shuttlers establishing their absolute supremacy on the opening day.
Youth and Sports Secretary Mohammad Abdullah inaugurated the four-day meet at a simple ceremony.
In the boys’ singles, Akib Solaiman, Rajesh Chandra Dey, Abdul Hamid Lokman, Gourav Singh, Rownak Nabi Priya, Khondakar Abdus Soyad, Mangal Singh, Hanif Mohammad and Sibgat Ullah of Bangladesh won their respective matches.
In the girls’ singles, Reshma Akter, Urmi Akter, Rahima Jerin Ahmed, Farbin Binte Imdad and Farzana Akter of Bangladesh beat their respective rivals on the opening day.
A total of 32 shuttlers, including 18 boys and 14 girls, from six countries -- India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, the USA, Bhutan and hosts Bangladesh -- are taking part in the meet.
Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) – Power Development Board (PDB) clinched the Victory Day Volleyball title beating Bangladesh Navy by straight 3-0 sets in the final at the Shaheed Nur Hossain National Volleyball Stadium here on Monday.
Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon was the chief guest in the day’s final.
Earlier, Bangladesh Army finished 3rd beating Bangladesh Air Force by 3-1 sets in a place deciding match at the same venue on Monday.
Harshit Biswas of the champions PDB was adjudged the best attacker, Mohammad Mohsin of Bangladesh Army named as the setter, Mohammad Shahjahan of the runners-up Bangladesh Navy was adjudged the best defender while Mohammad Shawon of Titas Club named as the best Libero.