Tokyo, OCT 15 (AP/UNB) — Roger Federer wants to become a five-time Olympian.
Already the most successful male tennis player in terms of Grand Slam singles titles, Federer wants to add another piece of hardware to his impressive collection. If he's healthy.
"My heart decided I would love to play at the Olympic Games again," Federer said Monday during an exhibition event in Tokyo.
He made his Olympic debut for Switzerland in 2000 at Sydney, where he met his wife, Mirka, and finished fourth in singles. He competed at Athens in 2004 before combining with Stan Wawrinka to win the Olympic gold medal in doubles at Beijing in 2008. Federer finished with silver in the singles after losing to Andy Murray at Wimbledon in the final of the 2012 London Games, and he missed the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of injury.
"If I am healthy I am coming. Absolutely," the 38-year-old Federer said. "I have been thinking about it for weeks now, just trying to figure the schedule more than anything, with my four children and my wife. Figuring out the U.S. Open, what do with the clay (Roland Garros), what to do with the grass (Wimbledon) and just how that all lines up."
The 20-time major winner said he was disappointed to skip the Rio Olympics because of a knee injury that sidelined him for the rest of the year at Wimbledon in 2016.
"Every Olympic Games has been very, very special to me," he said, adding that he figured he may as well make the announcement "while I was actually in the city where the Olympics will take place."
"I just figured it was an organic place to do that," he said, "so I am very happy to announce it here."
Dhaka, Oct 14 (UNB) – Syed Mamun of BSS clinched table tennis singles title of the Jatiya Press Club (JPC) sports festival, arranged on the occasion of the club’s 65th Founding Anniversary at the club premises on Monday.
Tariqul Islam Masum of Channel i finished runner-up while SK Enamul Haque of Daily Star became 3rd in the singles event.
Earlier, Secretary General of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) Syed Shahed Reza inaugurated the table tennis competition on the 2nd day of the festival in the morning at a simple ceremony chaired by JPC President Saiful Alam.
General Secretary of Bangladesh Volleyball Federation Ashiqur Rahman Miku, General Secretary of Bangladesh Handball Federation Asaduzzaman Kohinoor, General Secretary of Bangladesh Basketball Federation AK Sarkar and JPC sports committee convener Kallyan Saha were also present on the occasion.
Later, in the afternoon, JPC President Saiful Alam inaugurated the air gun shooting competition of the festival.
In the shooting competition, Golam Kibria of NTV emerged as champion, Kazi Rownak Hossain of Saragom finished runner-up while Mohammad Momin Hossain and Rashida Afzalunnessa of BSS became 3rd.
Dhaka, Oct 14 (UNB) – Bangladesh U-21 Hockey team will play against touring Oman U-21 Hockey team in the fifth and last match of Walton five-match practice series on Tuesday (Oct 15).
The match will kick off at Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium here at 4pm.
Earlier, Bangladesh U-21 Hockey team clinched the Walton five-match practice series 3-0 with one match to spare crushing the touring Oman U-21 Hockey team by 4-1 goals in the 4th match on Saturday.
Hosts Bangladesh Youth Hockey team made a good start in the series beating Oman by 5-1 goals in the opening match and defeated them by 2-0 goals in the 3rd match after playing 2-2 draw in the 2nd match.
Oman arrived here on Monday last from Pakistan after playing four preparatory matches there, responding to the invitation of Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) as part of the Bangladesh team’s preparations for the next year’s Junior Asia Cup in Dhaka, a qualifying meet for the Junior Hockey World Cup.
Dhaka, Oct 13 (UNB)- Special Chess Competition for visually impaired people orgnised by Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) and sponsored by Walton Group will start at the BCF hall-room on Monday.
Some 55 visually impaired players are going to take part in the open section while 23 women chess players from different districts, universities and colleges of Dhaka will also participate in the competition
Executive Director of Walton Group FM Iqbal Bin Anwar Dawn will inaugurate the meet as the chief guest.
Executive Director of National Fellowship for the Advancement of Visually Handicapped (NFAVH) M Jahangir Alam and BCF Joint Secretary Masudur Rahman Mallick will be also present on the occasion.
Dhaka, Oct 13 (UNB) - A seminar on Butthan Combat Sports and Co-competition system was held at the main auditorium of Bangladesh Krira Sikkha Protisthan (BKSP) in Savar on Sunday.
The session started with the speech of Principle Lt.Col. Sahriar Kabir and later a demonstration was presented by Instructor Abdul Hamid (3rd degree Black Belt).
Hours long seminar and question and answer session was conducted in presence of hundreds of BKSP students and faculty members.
Director General Brig. Gen Rashidul Hassan thanked Dr. Mak Yuree Vajramunee for his outstanding initiative to popularize the Butthan worldwide. He specially appreciated the Butthan combat sports unique approach of Co-Competition system which was the main topic of the day.
World record holder and internationally acclaimed Martial arts icon & Satyapon Grand Master Acharya Yuree Vajramunee, the Superhuman as seen on Discovery channel and also known for his inspirational ’s Vincoism philosophy, addressed the seminar as the main speaker.
More than 40 districts of the country, Butthan combat sports being promoted successfully under the guidance of Bangladesh Butthan Federation President and former ambassador Syed Shahed Reza.
The word Butthan is a Sanskrit word means up-liftment or defense with distinction. Butthan is a system of self-defense and personal development with South Asian heritage.
Butthan is also a combat sports being practiced in different parts of the world under International Butthan Federation, USA.
Butthan included as a form of combat sports under National Sports Council (NSC) in Bangladesh in 2013.