Vol. 5 Num 254 Fri. February 11, 2005  

PM distributes Nat'l Sports Awards

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday stressed the need for immediate formulation of sports guidelines keeping in mind that there is no alternative to adopt a co-ordinated plan and implement it to achieve desired results in the field of sports.

"Bangladesh has achieved many successes in international and national sports arena. I hope, one day we shall surely be able to occupy the seat of honour and prestige in international sports arena if the country can go ahead by maintaining continuity of its recent achievements," she said while distributing National Sports Award-2004.

The Prime Minister awarded National Sports Award -2004 to 11 sportsmen and women as well as organisers for their outstanding contributions in the field of sports both in the national and international arena.

While appreciating Bangladeshi sportsmen for their notable successes in Asian Games, Common-wealth Games, World Kabadi and SAARC Cycling competition, the Prime Minister said the country's cricket players have of late set up a new history of victory by winning a one-day international against India and also Test and one-day series against Zimbabwe.

Held at the International Conference Centre, the Prime Minister handed over a gold medal and a cash award of Taka twenty thousand to each of the recipients.

The recipients are M Milzar Hossain in athletics, Enayetur Rahman Khan and Shahidur Rahman Chowdhury (Santu) in football, ASM Farooq in cricket, Abdul Malek Chunnu in hockey, Mahbubur Rahman and Laila Nur Begum in swimming, Nasimul Hasan Kachi in table tennis, Khurshida Aktar Khushi in judo, Abdul Halim in boxing, and Sadek Hossain Khoka MP.

State Minister for Sports and Youth Fazlur Rahman and secretary in charge of the ministry of youth and sports Syed Sujauddin Ahmed also spoke on the occasion.

SPORTING EXCELENCE 2004: Prime Minister Khaleda Zia (C) is seen with the recipients of the National Sports Award 2004 at the International Conference Centre yesterday. PHOTO: PID