Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – The 3rd Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF) International Solidarity World Ranking Archery Championships under the auspices of Bangladesh Archery Federation begins on February 23 at the Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Stadium in Tongi.
Some 148 archers from 26 countries across the world are expected to compete in the four-day tournament, being organised for the 3rd time with ISSF cooperation, for 10 gold medals at stake -- five each for the men’s and women’s -- through ranking and elimination rounds.
The events are men’s team, women’s team, men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed doubles of the Recurve and Compound divisions.
President of Bangladesh Archery Federation Lt Gen (retd) M Moinul Islam disclosed the details of the tournament at a press conference at the conference room of the National Sports Council NSC) here on Wednesday.
Its General Secretary Kazi Razibuddin Ahmed Chapal also spoke on the occasion where tournament secretary Rashiduzzaman Serniabat and convener of media committee Rafiqul Islam Tipu were present.
Addressing the press conference, Chapal said Bangladesh secured six and five gold medals in the last two editions respectively, but this time they are looking for stronger and world class archers in the meet to develop the standard of local players, rather than winning more gold medals.
Twenty-six countries, which already confirmed their participation in the meet, are Albania, Azerbaijan, Chand, Cameroon, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Malay, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Chinese Taipei, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uganda, Algeria and hosts Bangladesh.
The organisers are expecting more participating countries by the deadline that ends on Saturday morning.
Hosts Bangladesh will field a biggest team of 16 archers.
Doha, Feb 17 (AP/UNB) — Unseeded Elise Mertens came from a set and a break down to beat recent No. 1 Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the Qatar Open final and capture the biggest title of her career on Saturday.
Halep led 6-3, 2-0, then lost a service game for a third time to see the second set back on serve. Mertens continued to pressure, missing two more break chances in the seventh game but finally breaking — to love — in the ninth. The set was the first Mertens took from Halep in three matchups.
Mertens broke again to start the third set, Halep leveled at 2-2, but Mertens finished stronger and won her fifth career title.
The Belgian beat two other top-10 players this week, Kiki Bertens and Angelique Kerber.
Halep's first final appearance since August guaranteed she will rise one spot to No. 2 in the rankings on Monday.
Dhaka, Feb 16 (UNB) – Dilkusha Sporting Club clinched the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League crown with all-win record beating Dhaka Hockey United by 4-3 goals in the last league match at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium on Saturday.
As the first division champions, Dilkusha SC promoted to the Premier Division Hockey League.
President of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) and Chief of the Bangladesh Air Force Air Chief Marshall Masihuzzaman Serniabat witnessed the day’s title deciding match as the chief guest.
BHF general secretary Abdus Sadek and league committee secretary M Yousuf Ali were also present on the occasion.
On completion of the league, Dilkusha SC topped the list securing full 30 points from straight 10 matches scoring 91 goals after conceding seven goals while Dhaka Hockey United finished runners-up with 25 points from 10 outings with one loss and a draw.
In the day’s match, Hridoy Sheikh, Pabon Malik, Milan Hossain and Zahidul Islam Rajon scored one goal each for Dilkusha SC while Arafat Hossain Pial, Imran Ahmed Sohel and Sajjat Hossain Sifat contributed one each for Dhaka Hockey United.
In the day’s other match, Shantinagar Club finished 10th in the eleven-team league beating all-losers Bornak Samaj by 5-1 goals at the same venue in the afternoon.
Akash contributed three, Hridoy and Limon scored one goal each for the winners while Abdullah Al Ayon scored the consolation goal for the losers.
Dhaka, Feb 15 (UND) - PWD Sporting Club earned a comfortable 5-1 goal victory over Railways Sporting Club in the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Friday.
Akash and Ripon struck two goals each while Porimal netted one for the winners while Azizuddin Choton scored the consolation goal for the losers.
The last league matches will be held on Saturday with Bornak Samaj taking on Stantinagar Club at 1:30 pm and Dhaka Hockey United encountering Dilkusha SC at 3:3O pm at the same venue.
President of Bangladesh Hockey Federation and Air Chief Marshal Mosihuzzaman Serniabat will be present at the Saturday’s closing ceremony and will distribute prizes.
Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) – Bachelors SC and Combined SC have registered wins in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League 2018. They defeated Shantinagor SC and Shishukishor Shongho in their respective matches.
In the first game between Bachelors and Shantinagor, Bachelors came up victorious by 10-0 goals. Meheruzzaman Rista scored four goals. He scored the first goal in sixth minute of the match and the other three at 12th, 22nd and 49th minute of the game.
Mohammad Shamim, Harvir Singh and Mohammad Ripond scored two, three and one goal respectively for the Bachelors. While Rista (4) and Shamim (2) scored field-goals, Harvir (3) and Ripon (1) scored PC goals.
In the other match of the day, Combined beat Shishukishor by 4-0 goals. Shivnath Das, Mehidy Hasan, Shibu Das and Jewel Hossain scored for their team.
The league will end on February 16 and a prize-giving ceremony will take place at Mawlana Bhashani Hockey Stadium.