Madrid, Nov 10 (AP/UNB) — Novak Djokovic says an exhibition match against Rafael Nadal in Saudi Arabia has been called off because the Spaniard underwent ankle surgery.
The top-ranked Djokovic told BBC Sports on Friday that "the match is not happening this year" because of Nadal's injury.
Djokovic and Nadal had expressed doubt as to whether they would play the Dec. 22 match as 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.
The players had not withdrawn, though, saying the invitations were made at least one year ago. Roger Federer had turned down the invitation, saying he "didn't want to play there at that time."
Amnesty International had urged Nadal and Djokovic not to play.
No. 2-ranked Nadal pulled out of the season-ending ATP Finals because of an abdominal injury, then underwent surgery on his right ankle to start 2019 healthy.
Dhaka, Nov 8 (UNB) – Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has expressed the hope that the philanthropic activities of Narail Express Foundation (NEF) will inspire all to come forward to ensure country’s overall betterment.
“I serve the country. But I prefer the overall development of Narail as I hail from there. I want to make it as an iconic organisation so that all people are inspired by its activities and come forward with the same initiatives in their localities,” said the inspirational iconic cricketer.
He said this after an agreement was signed between the NEF and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at the IRRI Bangladesh Office (IBO) in the capital on Thursday.
Mashrafe signed the deal as the NEF chairman while Dr Humnath Bhandari as IRRI Representative of Bangladesh.
The deal is an initiative of cooperation to promote and disseminate five tonnes improved varieties and quality rice seeds among selected 1,000 farmers of three upazilas of Narail for augmenting the rice production in the country’s southwestern district.
The 35-year-old cricketer said many farmers of the country are losing interest in farming and instead migrating to cities due to low income.
Terming the deal ‘a great opportunity’ to work with farmers and agronomists, he said, “We want to connect people, providing them what we have, receiving donation irrespective of small or big.”
“We’ll make something good for farmers who work hard day and night to grow food for the country. Hope we can be inspired by them,” Mashrafe added.
BRRI Director General Dr Md Shahjahan Kabir and NEF Secretary Tarikul Islam Anik also spoke on the occasion.
The seed distribution will begin on November 12 among the low-income farmers from Narail Sadar in association with NEF partner IBO and its National Agricultural Research and Extension System (NARES).
The NEF has already selected the beneficiary farmers before the 2018-2019 Boro season in collaboration with the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) and IBO.
IBO also extended its hand to provide technical support through a Training of Trainers (ToT) while BRRI, BINA, ACI are facilitating the supply of seeds.
The NEF has established volunteer network in Narail district for fulfilling various socio-cultural agenda -- enhancing civil facilities, emphasising on specialised education system, introducing humane education at schools, eradicating unemployment, increasing cultural activities, providing various trainings on sports, making attractive tourist spots centring the Chitra River, transforming the district town into an ICT one and making an entertainment-friendly city.
Dhaka, Nov 8 (UNB) - Bangladesh Women’s Hockey Team under the banner of Dhaka Eleven won the three-match hockey series 2-0 beating Kolkata Warriors by 3-0 goals in the 2nd match at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Thursday.
Ferdous Joyeta put Dhaka Eleven ahead in the very 6th minute from a penalty corner (1-0) while Nadira doubled the margin in the 44th minute by a field goal while Nomita Karmakar, who scored a goal in the first match, sealed the fate of the match scoring 3rd goal for Dhaka Election in the 57th minute, also by a field goal.
Touring Kolkata Warriors, which reached Dhaka on Tuesday evening, will play their 3rd and last match on Saturday at 6:30 pm under floodlight against the same team at the same venue.
Earlier on Wednesday, Bangladesh Women’s Hockey team made a historic start in their first appearance in International Hockey beating Kolkata Warriors studded with players from different states by 2-0 in the first match with Shimu Aktar and Nomita Karmakar scoring one goal each.
This was the first international hockey match for Bangladesh women’s, who earlier played some local hockey matches in the 70’s and the women’s hockey was stopped from the 80’s at any level.
After a long gap, Bangladesh Hockey Federation took initiatives to restart and nurse the women’s hockey in the country, and made a memorable start beating Indian team displaying a better brand of hockey against their mighty opponents.
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) – Mohammad Nazim clinched the title of the Novoair Cup Professional Golf that concluded at the Kurmitola Golf Course here on Wednesday.
SH Sohel finished runner-up while Zamal Hossain Mollah became 3rd in the four-day meet organised by Bangladesh Professional Golfers Association (BPGA) and patronised by Novoair.
Vice-president of Kurmitola Golf Club Maj Gen M Enayet Ullah was the chief guest at the day’s closing function and later he handed over the prizes among the winners
Managing Director of Novoair Mofizur Rahman, BPGA President Asif Ibrahim and Secretary General Brigadier General (retd) GM Kamrul Islam were also present on the occasion.
Some 88 golfers, including 77 professional and 11 amateur ones, from 22 teams participated in thefour-day tournament.
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB)- Bangladesh Women’s Hockey team under the banner of Dhaka Eleven made a historic start in the International Hockey beating Kolkata Warriors, by 2-0 goals in the first of the three-match series at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Wednesday.
This was the first international hockey match for Bangladesh women’s, who earlier played some local hockey matches in 70s and the women’s hockey was stopped from 80s in any level.
After a long gap, Bangladesh Hockey Federation took initiative to restart and nursing the women’s hockey in the country and made a memorable start beating Indian team displaying a better brand of hockey against their mighty opponents.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdous Khan inaugurated the match.
Shimu Aktar put Dhaka Eleven ahead at the ninth minute while Nomita Karmakar of Narail scored the second goal for Dhaka Eleven in 23rd minute.
Touring Kolkata Warriors reached Dhaka on Tuesday evening and will play their 2nd match on Thursday and the 3rd and last match on Saturday against same team at the same venue.
Dhaka Eleven: Sumi Akter, Ritu Khanam, Rani Akter, Mukta Khatun, Parvin Akter, Sanjida Akter, Ferdous Joyeta, Nomita Karmakar, Sadia Khatun, Shimu Akter, Farida Akter and Sanjida Shathi