Bangkok, Nov 20 (AP/UNB) — In the ring, the two boxers spar furiously with blows delivered by fists, elbows, knees and feet to virtually any part of the opponent's body. Those in the crowd furiously make wagers with each other as the battle rages.
The Muay Thai — or Thai kickboxing — competitors are as young as 8 years old.
But the tragic death of 13-year-old Anucha Tasako after being knocked out in a match earlier this month has brought into focus whether youngsters should be taking and giving such brutal punishment in the name of sports.
Anucha, who fought an incredible 174 bouts in a career that started at age 8, died of a brain hemorrhage two days after his Nov. 10 fight.
Hardcore Muay Thai fans say his death was a fluke. They say that the referee did not stop the fight soon enough and that a doctor was not on hand, flouting the usual procedures.
But even before Anucha's death, moves were afoot to regulate the sport. Thai lawmakers recently tabled legislation to bar children under 12 from competitive boxing.
Last month, a five-year study by Dr. Witaya Sungkarat of Bangkok's Ramathibodi Hospital was published that compared brain development between young boxers and children not involved with the sport.
He said the study clearly shows that boxing causes irreparable damage to a young child's developing brain, and the longer each young boxer had been fighting, the worse his condition became.
The sport's defenders say outsiders just don't understand that Muay Thai is an integral part of Thai culture. Beginning to fight at a tender age puts the youngsters on the path to a successful professional career, with the opportunity to lift their poor families up the ladder of economic success, they say.
Dhaka, Nov 19 (UNB) – The Teer 2nd National Youth Archery Championships Under the “Teer Go For Goal” project of Bangladesh Archery Federation’ began on Monday at the Archery Training Centre of Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Stadium in Tongi with famed archers Tamimul Islam and Ibrahim Sk Rezwan in the top qualifiers.
The sponsor of the meet and executive director of City Group Shoeb Mohammad Asaduzzaman inaugurated the two-day youth archery meet in the afternoon.
General Secretary of Bangladesh Archery Federation (BAF) Kazi Razibuddin Ahmed Chapal and tournament convener Abdur Rashid Serniabad were also present on the occasion.
In the qualification round of U-20 Junior group, Mohammad Tamimul Islam of BKSP finished first in the boys Recurve singles scoring 650 while Borsha Khatun of Teerondaj Sangsad clinched the top slot in the girls Recurve singles scoring 588 on the opening day.
In the Cadet Category of U-17 group, Ibrahim Sheikh Rezwan of Teerondaj Sangsad clinched top slot in the boys’ singles scoring 662 while Diya Siddiqui of BKSP finished top in the girls’ singles making 634.
Thirty boy and 17 girl archers from five teams are taking part in the two-day competition in 12 Recurve and Compound events—six for boys and six for girls.
Bangladesh Archery Federation (BAF) arranged the 2nd version of the national youth competition under the sponsorship of City Group, eyeing on medals from the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Dhaka, Nov 19 (UNB) - The UniMed UniHealth Metropolis Premier Division Basketball League under the auspices of Bangladesh Basketball Federation begins on Monday at the Dhanmondi wooden floor gymnasium.
Managing Director of UniMed UniHealth Pharmaceuticals Mohammad Mosaddek Hossain will inaugurate the league in the afternoon.
Eight teams -- Gregarious Club, Dhaka Gladiators, Dhumketu Club, Eagles Club, Rangers Club, Hornets SC, Flame Boys and The Gregs -- will compete in the league.
Dhaka, Nov 18 (UNB) – The Teer 2nd National Youth Archery Championships being organised by Bangladesh Archery Federation under its “Teer Go For Gold” project begins on Monday at the Archery Training Centre of Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Stadium in Tongi.
Thirty boy and 17 girl archers from five teams will compete in the two-day competition in 12 Recurve and Compound events—six for boys and six for girls.
Bangladesh Archery Federation (BAF) in going to arrange the 2nd version of the national youth competition under the sponsorship of City Group, eyeing medals from the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
General Secretary of Bangladesh Archery Federation Kazi Razibuddin Ahmed Chapal disclosed the details of the meet at a press conference at the Dutch Bangla Auditorium of BOA on Sunday afternoon.
BAF Vice-president Anisur Rahman Dipu and Marketing Manager of City Group M Farzanul Haque were also present on the occasion.
Dhaka, Nov 18 (UNB) – Mohammad Dulal Hossain of Kurmitola Golf Club dominated the 3rd Gemcon Professional Golf Tournament with six-under par after the first round of the four-day meet at the Kurmitola Golf Course in Dhaka Cantonment on Sunday.
Shakhawat Hossain Sohel, also a golfer of Kurmitola Club, followed the leader with three-under par while Mohammad Robin of Savar Golf Club was in the 3rd slot with two-under-par.
A total of 77 leading golfers of the country alongside 10 amateur ones are taking part in the 10-lakh prize-money tournament, organised by Bangladesh Professional Golf Association and sponsored by Gemcon Group.
Meanwhile, country’s premier golfer Siddikur Rahman will compete in the US$ 20,000,000 Homna Hong Kong Open 2018 billed for November 22-25 at the Hong Kong Club.
Three other Bangladeshi golfers -- Mohammad Sayem, Badal Hossain and Mohammad Ismail -- will participate in the Indian Oil Servo Masters to be held in Assam from November 21-24 next.