Vol. 5 Num 557 Tue. December 20, 2005  

Fazle Sobhan Nat'l Pairs Bridge Dec 23

The Fazle Sobhan National Pairs Bridge Championship will commence at the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) in Gulshan on December 23.

The two-day meet will mark the 25th anniversary of the Fazle Sobhan Trophy, which is an annual event on Bangladesh Bridge Federation calendar.

Registration for the tournament will be held on December 23 from 9:00 to 9:30 am. There will be two qualification rounds on the opening day while the semifinals and the final will be played on December 25. BEI is sponsoring the event this year.

The prestigious trophy is dedicated in memory of late Khondkar Fazle Sobhan, father of Professor Rehman Sobhan, chairman of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), ambassador (retd) Farooq Sobhan, president of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute and Naveed Sobhan, who lives in the United States.

The 25th anniversary of the trophy also coincides with the 100th birth anniversary of late Fazle Sobhan, who was born on November 5, 1905 and died on August 26, 1962.

A devoted bridge player, Fazle Sobhan joined the Indian Police Service in 1928 and took voluntary retirement in 1947. He was the political secretary to Pakistani prime minister in 1951-53, chairman of Karachi Improvement Trust in 1956-1958 and Commissioner East Africa, with concurrent accreditation to several countries in Africa from 1958-1961.