Dhaka, Nov 1 (UNB) – Bangladesh Archery Federation (BAF) has picked 10 talented archers from all over the country under its Teer Talent Hunt Programme to groom them with a long-term intensive higher training, eying Olympics gold medal.
Earlier, Bangladesh Archery Federation selected 24 archers in the final phase, two each from 12 district level training camps, among 2,555 participants at the grassroots level from April 23 to October 31 this year and finally selected 10 brilliant archers among 24 for the higher training at home and aboard.
The federation handed over the certificates among the 19 archers out of finally selected 24 at a function at the Dutch-Bangladesh Auditorium of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) on Thursday afternoon.
BOA Secretary General Syed Shahed Reza was the chief guest at the day’s certificate distribution and closing ceremony.
Chaired by BAF President Lt Gen (retd) Mohammad Moinul Islam, Executive Director of City Group Shoeb Mohammad Asaduzzaman, German Head Coach of Bangladesh Frederick Martin and BAF General Secretary Kazi Razibuddin Ahmed Chapal also spoke on the occasion.
Ten selected archers are: Aung Sing Marma, Dipon Murung, Usai May Marma (Bandarban), Abu Sufian Pranta (Dinajpur), Imran Hossain (Dhaka), Jannatul Islam Khan (Faridpur), Rahat Sheikh (Narail), Rifatuzzaman Ovai (Rajshahi), Sourav Roy (Nilphamari), Usai Sing Marma (Chattogram).
Dhaka, Nov 1 (UNB) - Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society maintained solo lead in the Walton 1st Division Chess League after the 8th round games at Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room on Thursday.
The leading team earned 14 points after a win by 3.5 -0.5 game points against Khaleghor Daba Sangha of Gopalganj on the day.
Uttara Central Chess Club, Mir Chess Club and Agrani Bank Daba Dal shared the second slot by having identical 10 points each.
In the 8th round game, Mir Chess Club beat Kasparov Chess Club by 3.5-0.5 game points; Agrani Bank defeated Basir Memorial Chess Club by 3-1 game points while Uttara Central Chess Club was in the rest on the day.
Dhaka, Oct 31 (UNB) – Bangladesh Police clinched the nine-nation Asian Throwball title that concluded at the Baku Park of Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
Bangladesh National Throwball champions Bangladesh Police team has beaten India, Sri Lanka and hosts Malaysia on the way to the title.
Mizanur Rahman of Bangladesh Police was adjudged the player of the series in the Asian meet, said a press release of Bangladesh Police.
Meanwhile, AIG of Bangladesh Police Nesaruddin Ahmed was elected as executive committee member of Asian Throwball Federation for the period of 2018-2019.
Dhaka, Oct 31 (UNB) - The Korea Cup Taekwondo Championship, a regular event of Bangladesh Taekwondo Federation (BTF), will kick off on Friday (November 2) at the National Sports Council (NSC) gymnasium in the capital.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Dr Biren Shikder MP is scheduled to inaugurate the two-day meet in the morning.
Ambassador of South Korea to Bangladesh H.E Hu Kang-il will also present on the occasion as special guest.
Adjutant General of Bangladesh Army Major General Mohammad Humayan Kabir will be the chief guest at the closing function on Saturday (November 3) at 3:30 pm.
Some 800 competitors from different clubs, districts, universities and organisations will take part in the two-day meet.
Paris, Oct 31 (AP/UNB) — Roger Federer turned down an invitation to play in a planned exhibition match in Saudi Arabia in December which his rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have committed to play in.
Saudi Arabia is under growing pressure from the international community following the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi after he entered Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. He was a Washington Post columnist who had written critically of Saudi Arabia's crown prince.
Tennis stars Djokovic and Nadal have expressed doubt as to whether they will play an exhibition match at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on Dec. 22, but they have not withdrawn. Both players have said the invitations were made at least one year ago.
Asked in Paris on Tuesday if he was also previously invited, Federer said "they contacted me too, yeah."
The Swiss star was then asked why he turned it down.
"I didn't want to play there at that time," the 20-time Grand Slam champion said. "So, for me, it was a very quick decision."
Amnesty International has urged Nadal and Djokovic not to play.
"Of course I'm aware of the situation. But I had a commitment since one year ago to play there. And my team is talking to them, to analyze the things. That's it," Nadal said when asked his position on Sunday. "It's terrible that one journalist lost (his) life. I know something happened very bad inside there. So we are looking about how evolves the situation and I hope the things will clarify as soon as possible."
Djokovic also made it clear that the decision to play was made a long time ago.
"We have the commitment with them for over a year, actually last year when we were discussing this potential matchup," he said. "It was my professional tennis decision to do that. Of course I know, I'm aware of what's happening, and it's sad, of course."
The top-ranked Serb also stopped short of confirming his presence.
"My team right now is in touch with the people in Saudi Arabia as well as Rafa's and of course we are all talking to understand the situation better," the 14-time Grand Slam champion said Sunday. "Because right now we just don't have obviously enough information, and we have to look into that a bit more and then we'll make our decision soon."
He added: "We have to get more information on what's happening so we can make a rational decision whether it's good to go or not."
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the investigation needs to be completed swiftly and wants an extradition request for 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia to be put on trial in Istanbul. The country is also asking Saudi Arabia to help locate Khashoggi's body, which still has not been found.
Turkey alleges a hit squad from Saudi Arabia traveled to Istanbul to kill the journalist and then tried to cover it up.