Chattogram, July 13 (UNB) – The Mayor-Chattogram 26th National Badminton Championship, organised by Chattogram Jila Krira Sangstha (CJKS), under the supervision of Bangladesh Badminton Federation, begins on Monday at MA Aziz Stadium gymnasium here.
Mayor of the Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) AJM Nasiruddin will inaugurate the five-day national meet in the afternoon.
Some 318 paddlers, including 50 women from 63 teams, 47 districts, seven divisions, four each services and university teams and an education board team, will compete in the five events of the competition -- men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
CCC Mayor AJM Nasiruddin will provide the entire expenses of the meet amounting to Tk 22 lakh.
CJKS joint secretary and secretary of the tournament organising committee Aminul Islam disclosed this at a press conference on the MA Aziz Stadium premises here on Saturday.
President of Chattogram Press Club Alhaj Ali Abbas, General Secretary of Bangladesh Badminton Federation Amir Hossain Bahar, CJKS Vice-president M Hafizur Rahman and CJKS Additional General Secretary Alhaj Syed Shahabuddin Shamim were also present on the occasion.
Dhaka, July 13 (UNB)- Bangladesh National Indoor Hockey team made their first practice session on Saturday morning at the Bangkok Indoor Stadium, ahead of the AHF Men's Asian Indoor Hockey’2019 scheduled for July 15-21 in the Thai city of Chonburi.
Bangladesh, which have been placed on Pool A alongside holders Iran, Malaysia, Philippines and hosts Thailand, will play Malaysia on July 15, holders Iran on July 16, the Philippines on July 17 and hosts Thailand in their last pool match on July 18, all in Chonburi.
Earlier, a 15-member Bangladesh National Indoor Hockey Team, comprising 12 players and three officials, reached Thailand on Friday to compete in the event for the first time.
Bangladesh team is expected to return home on July 22.
England, July (AP/UNB) — Going for No. 24, Serena Williams will face Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final.
Williams is trying to equal the record for most Grand Slam singles titles won in tennis history. Margaret Court holds that record with 24, but 13 of her trophies came during the amateur era, while all of Williams' have come after professionals were admitted to major tournaments in 1968.
At Wimbledon, Williams is a seven-time champion who will be playing in her 11th final. Simona Halep, a former No. 1 who won the French Open last year, will be in her first final at the All England Club.
In 10 previous matches between the two, Williams has won nine times.
Gwangju, Jul 13 (AP/UNB) — Favorites Lian Junjie and Si Yajie of China easily won gold in the 10-meter platform mixed synchro event to start the diving program Saturday at the world swimming championships.
Lian and Si, the 2016 silver medalists at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, finished with 356.14 points. Ekaterina Beliaeva and Viktor Minibaev of Russia took the silver with 311.28 points, 35 points behind the winners, followed by the Mexican pair of Maria Jose Sanchez and Jose Balleza Isaias with 287.64.
Britain's Robyn Birch and Noah Williams were a close fourth with 285.18, followed by Americans Olivia Rosendahl and Zachary Cooper with 267.96 points.
Two more diving events were scheduled later Saturday — the 1-meter women's springboard and the 3-meter springboard men's synchro.
They are the first three of 13 diving events at the world championships, all of them qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics next year.
Wimbledon, Jul 13 (AP/UNB) — A quick look at Wimbledon:
LOOKAHEAD TO SATURDAY
Serena Williams goes for her 24th Grand Slam title when she faces Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final. Williams is already a seven-time champion at the All England Club. Halep is appearing in her first final at Centre Court. Her only major championship came at the French Open last year. Williams has beaten Halep nine times in their 10 previous matches. If Williams wins this one, she will equal Margaret Court's record for most Grand Slam singles titles. But Court won 13 of her major trophies before professionals were admitted to Grand Slam tournaments, while all 23 of Williams' major titles have come in the Open era, which began in 1968.
Partly cloudy. High of 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius).
Partly cloudy. High of 75 (24 C).
FRIDAY'S MEN'S SEMIFINALS
No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat No. 23 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; No. 2 Roger Federer beat No. 3 Rafael Nadal 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
STAT OF THE DAY
45 — Number of strokes in a point won by Djokovic, the longest on record at Wimbledon, where such stats date to 2005.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"You don't get to a Wimbledon finals playing average, you know." — Roger Federer talking about having a winning mentality.