Dhaka, Jan 14 (UNB)– The ‘Orion 34th Bangladesh Amateur (Golf) Championship’ 2019, under the supervision of Bangladesh Golf Federation (BGF), was inaugurated Monday afternoon at Kurmitola Golf Club.
This is the third time that Orion Group is sponsoring the prestigious tournament since amateur golf was first introduced by Kurmitola Golf Club in the country in 1982.
BGF Senior Vice-President Major General Md Enayet Ullah inaugurated the international tournament. BGF Secretary General Brigadier General Md Sayeed Siddiki was also present on the occasion.
The prize giving ceremony will be held on January 18 at Kurmitola Golf Club Banquet Hall at 7:30pm. Chief of General Staff of Bangladesh Army Lieutenant General Md Shafiqur Rahman will be present as the chief guest. He will distribute prizes among the winners.
Some 216 golfers, including 216 men and 16 women, are expected to compete in the meet.
Apart from local amateur golfers, top amateurs from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and hosts Bangladesh will participate in the tournament. Besides, 21 expatriates, including three women, will take parts in the challenging 18-hole golf course.
Dhaka, Jan 14 (UNB)– All Bangladeshi participants advanced to the 2nd round in Division-2 matches of the ITF Asian U-14 Development Tennis Championship after winning their respective first round games in Thailand’s capital Bangkok on Monday.
In the boys’ singles, Mahadi Hasan Alve (BAN) beat Chirag Timilsina (NEP) 6-1, 6-2;
Zubaid Utsho (BAN) defeated Tobden Tshering (BHU) 6-0, 6-3; while Md Roman Hossain
(BAN) outplayed Undrakh Purevdorj (MGL) 6-1, 6-1.
In the girls’ singles, Mashfia Afrin (BAN) beat Reaksmey Lou (CAM) 6-1, 6-1;
Suborna Khatun (BAN) defeated Xin Ying Chong (CAM) 6-3, 6-4; and Sadia Afrin (BAN) crushed Madina Zafari (TJK) 6-0, 6-0.
Dhaka, Jan 14 (UNB) – The Exim Bank 29th National Women’s Handball Championship begins at the Shaheed Capt (Retd) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here on Tuesday.
However, the four-day meet to be organised by Bangladesh Handball Federation (BHF) will be inaugurated by newly appointed State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell on Wednesday morning.
Managing Director of the meet’s sponsor Exim Bank Dr Mohammad Haider Ali will also be present on the occasion as a special guest.
BHF General Secretary Asaduzzaman Kohinoor and Tournament Committee Chairman M Narul Islam will be present at the inaugural function to be chaired by BHF President Nurul Fazal Bulbul.
Fourteen teams -- BJMC, Bangladesh Ansar, Bangladesh Police, Feni, Jamalpur, Naogaon, Narail, Dhaka, Panchagarh, Gopalganj, Faridpur, Dinajpur, Kushtia and Bandarban districts –- will compete in the meet.
Australia, Jan 14 (AP/UNB) — Maria Sharapova has the second-best record among active players in first-round matches at the majors, and she gave an illustration of why that's the case with a ruthless 6-0, 6-0 win over Harriet Dart at the Australian Open.
The 2008 Australian Open champion got play started on Rod Laver Arena on Monday and needed only 63 minutes to advance.
In her 15th trip to Melbourne Park and her 55th Grand Slam tournament, she's acutely aware of the toll that the sun and long early matches can have on a player's title ambitions, so she gets straight to business.
The 22-year-old Dart, playing in the main draw of a major for only the second time after getting a wildcard to play last year at Wimbledon, only got a look at one break point in the match — when Sharapova served a double-fault in the second set. She got seven of her 29 points from Sharapova's double-faults.
That was the only real blemish in Sharapova's stats: She hit 20 winners and won five of her five points at the net.
Sharapova said she was still feeling pain in her right shoulder despite sitting out the end of last season after the U.S. Open.
Asked if she felt sorry for her young, beaten rival, Sharapova, who lost in the first round at Wimbledon last year, said: "There's no time for that when you're playing the first round of a Grand Slam."
Among players who've played at least 10 majors, only 23-time major winner Serena Williams (.986) started the tournament with a better ratio.
Up next for Sharapova is Rebecca Peterson, who beat Sorana Cirstea, 6-4, 6-1.
Among the other seeded players advancing were No. 11 Aryna Sabalenka, who beat Anna Kalinskaya 6-1, 6-4, No. 19 Caroline Garcia, No. 29 Donna Vekic and No. 31 Petra Martic.
Sharapova was one of five Australian Open titlists to play on Rod Laver Arena on Day 1. Rafael Nadal, who won his only Australian title in 2009, was set to play James Duckworth, followed by 2016 winner Angelique Kerber against Polona Hercog.
Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki was scheduled to play Alison Van Utyvanck to start the night session, followed by six-time Australian champion Roger Federer's match against Denis Istomin.
Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) - Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation will go to election on February 5 to elect four vice-presidents, one general secretary, two joint secretaries, one treasurer and 16 executive committee members.
The National Sports Council will nominate the federation president.
The election commission of the Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation published the draft list of 76 voters of the election on Sunday.
As per the election schedule announced on January 8, nomination papers will be distributed on January 22, nomination papers can be submitted till January 24 and the last date of withdrawal of candidature is January 30.
The list of final candidates will be published on January 31.