Dhaka, May 20 (UNB) – A golf tournament titled “5 Clubs Golf Tournament-2019’ was held in Islamabad recently to promote friendship and generate bondage amongst the diplomats.
The defence wing at Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad arranged the daylong tournament at Margalla Golf Club.
A total of 48 golfers, including eight female ones, participated in the tournament, said the High Commission on Monday.
It was well-appreciated by all concerned and really provided a wonderful exposure of Bangladesh High Commission in sending the message of friendship across the diplomatic community, it said.
Prizes were distributed among the winners by chief guest Ambassador of Turkmenistan and Dean of Diplomatic Corps Atadjan Movlamov.
Defence Advisor of Bangladesh High Commission Brigadier General Khondaker Shafiur Rahman received net runner-up prize.
Speaking on the occasion, he said the defence wing of Bangladesh High Commission is looking forward to organising many more such events in the coming days.
The tournament was sponsored jointly by the defence wings of Bangladesh High Commission and Nigerian High Commission.
Dhaka, May 20 (UNB) – The Dhaka Metropolis 2nd Division Hockey League will begin on June 15 at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium here.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the league committee of Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) at the federation office at the stadium on Monday.
The 12th edition of the league was held in 2017 when Dilkusha Sporting Club emerged champions beating Dhaka Young Star Club by 3-0 goals in the last league match at Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium.
The player registration window of the 2nd division league is likely to open on May 30-31.
Newly elected BHF joint secretary and vice-chairman of the 2nd Division Hockey League Committee Kamrul Islam Kismat said each of the participating teams will get appearance money of Tk 1 lakh.
“We hope all the previous seven clubs will take part in the league and we’ve decided to provide Tk 1 lakh for all the participating teams each,” he said.
Replying to a query about the team’s participation in the hockey league, Kismat said, “We’ve discussed the matter with the representatives of all seven clubs during the meeting when they agreed to participate in the league.”
He continued, “We pledged before the election to save the hockey. It’s part of our promise to hold the domestic leagues regularly.”
The previous two committees -- executive committee and ad-hoc committee -- of the federation had never felt the need to arrange the second division league on regular basis, he alleged.
The domestic leagues have become irregular in recent times due to internal conflict in the hockey federation. Only 12 leagues were held in the last 43 years between 1974 and 2017.
Dhaka, May 19 (UNB) – Fide Master Mohammad Fahad Rahman of Pirojpur took solo lead in the open section of the Walton 39th National Junior (Under-20) Chess Championship securing full five points after the 5th round matches held at the Chess Federation hall-room on Sunday
CM Subrota Biswas of Mymensingh and Swarnavo Chowdhury of Elegant International Chess Academy sharing the 2nd position collecting 4.5 points each.
Four players sharing the 3rd slot securing 4 points each. They are: Yasir Ali Khan Evan, CM Manon Reja Neer, Mohammad Shafiqul Islam and Nafim Al Karim.
In the girls section, WCM Noshin Anjum took solo lead securing full 5 points from the 5th round matches.
Ahmed Walijah and Kazi Zarin Tasnim of Elegant International Chess Academy sharing the 2nd position bagging 4 points each while Shanjida Shakib of Gaibandha is in the 3rd position with 3.5 points.
In the 5th round matches of open section, FM Fahad Rahman beat Sadnan Hasan Dihan, Swarnavo drew with CM Subrota, Evan beat M. Anower Hossain, CM Neer beat M. Rashedujjaman, Shafiq beat Mortuza Mahathir Islam, Nafim beat Mortuza Muhtadi Islam, Mahin Ahmed Shuvo drew with M Rajib Hasan and M. Ashabubur Rahman Taif drew with M. Sajidul Haque.
In the girls section, WCM Noshin beat Jannatul Ferdous, Walijah beat Tasnia Tarannum Orpa, Zarin beat Jannatul Ferdousi, Shanjida beat Israt Jahan Diba, Wadifa Ahmed drew with Warsia Khusbu, Musfica Zannat Sawri beat Ayasa Akter, Mehjabin Akter Jubaida beat Marzuka Mukarrama and Israt Jahan Nishi beat Nysrat Jahan Moni.
The 6th round matches of the both the open and girls section will be held on Monday from 2:pm at the same venue.
Rome, May 19 (AP/UNB) — After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Rafael Nadal looked more like his old, dominant self when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Italian Open final on Saturday.
It was a measure of revenge for Nadal after losing to Tsitsipas in three sets at this stage in Madrid last week. This victory should also restore Nadal's confidence as he seeks a record-extending 12th title at the French Open starting next weekend.
"The main thing is I am playing better. If I play better, I know I'm going to have chances to be in finals and to win semifinal matches," Nadal said. "If you are not playing well, (beating) the best players of the world is much more difficult. ... I have margin to keep improving. But I am doing the right steps to be there."
In Sunday's final, Nadal will resume his rivalry with top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who faced an unusually high number of drop shots from Diego Schwartzman before winning 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3.
Djokovic also required three sets to eliminate Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals, meaning he has been on court for more than 5 ½ hours over the last two days.
It will be the 54th career meeting between Djokovic and Nadal, with Djokovic leading the series 28-25. The pair has split the four Italian Open finals they've played. They last met in the Australian Open final won by Djokovic in straight sets.
"He's my greatest rival of all time," Djokovic said. "Every time we get to play each other it's a thrill. It's the ultimate challenge."
Nadal is aiming for a record-extending ninth trophy in Rome while Djokovic is seeking his fifth title at the Foro Italico.
Nadal is in the middle of his longest title drought to begin a season since he came onto the scene in 2004. His last trophy came last August in Toronto.
The crowd attempted to encourage Tsitsipas with chants of "Tsi-Tsi-Tsi, Pas-Pas-Pas" but the 20-year-old Greek player couldn't keep up with Nadal on the long rallies — even though he didn't play a day earlier after Roger Federer withdrew injured from their quarterfinal.
Conditions were much slower than on the high-altitude court in Madrid, which favored Nadal and made it tougher for Tsitsipas to execute his attacking game.
"The shots that I played today, I played similar shots last week," Tsitsipas said. "Today those shots felt really slow and he had plenty of time to pass me when I was approaching to the net. .. The court speed was the difference."
Midway through the first set, Nadal produced a blistering forehand winner up the line on the run, drawing a loud roar from the packed Campo Centrale crowd.
Nadal broke Tsitsipas' serve early in both sets.
In the women's tournament, Johanna Konta rallied past sixth-seeded Kiki Bertens 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in nearly three hours to reach the biggest clay-court final of her career.
Karolina Pliskova beat Greek qualifier Maria Sakkari in the other semifinal, 6-4, 6-4.
Pliskova didn't immediately realize she won because she lost track of the score.
"I thought it was 4-3," she said. "I felt bad about it."
Pliskova is having a solid year, having reached the Australian Open semifinals and the Miami Open final after opening the season with a title in Brisbane, Australia. The Czech player recently announced she promoted four-time Italian Open champion Conchita Martinez as her head coach.
Konta's only previous final on clay came recently in Rabat, Morocco, where she lost to Sakkari.
"I've never really doubted my ability on the surface," Konta said. "I won a lot of my first junior titles, first professional titles on clay. I've always felt that I have a game that has the ability to do well on this surface."
Dhaka, May 18 (UNB) – Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) is looking for a new coach for their Indoor Hockey team.
Bangladesh team will take part in the Indoor Hockey Asia Cup’2019 for the first time scheduled to be held in Thailand on July 15-21.
Bangladesh team will fly for Thailand on July 1 to join a 15-day preparation camp there ahead of the tournament.
Senior Vice-president of Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) Abdur Rashid Shikdar on Saturday said the federation is looking for a new and skilled coach for the indoor hockey team.
“We’re looking for a new and skilled coach for our team [indoor hockey]. I hope we can manage a coach within a week,” he said.
The BAF vice-president said a 15-member team, including 12 players and three officials, will fly for Thailand on July 1. “We don’t have enough training facilities here. So, we’ve decided to send the team there for a 15-day preparation camp ahead of the tournament and a 15-member indoor hockey team will fly for Thailand on July 1,” he added.
Earlier, Rashid Shikdar met Thailand Hockey Federation president Chaiyapak Siriwat in Bangkok on May 16.
The Thailand Hockey Federation President assured Bangladesh Hockey Federation for all kinds of cooperation, including accommodation, transports and other facilities there.
BHF General Secretary AKM Mominul Haque Sayed also met AHF Chief Executive Dato Tayyab Ikram Kuala Lumpur on May 16.
They discussed eight-point agenda for the development of Hockey in Bangladesh.
The BHF general secretary also expressed his keen interest to host two hockey tournaments in Dhaka, including the Champions Trophy and Junior Hockey World Cup.
Rashid Shikdar said AHF Chief Executive Dato Tayyab Ikram welcomed their proposals and assured them of extending their helping hand for the promotion of indoor and outdoor hockey in Bangladesh. “He [Dato Tayyab Ikram] assured us of high-performance training camps and other technical supports.”
Meanwhile, BHF will sign an MoU with the Asian Hockey Federation for the promotion of indoor and outdoor hockey in Bangladesh giving special focus on hockey in rural areas.