Vol. 5 Num 652 Wed. March 29, 2006  

Guilty in Australia, innocent at home

Bangladeshi shooter Towfiqur Rahman Alo claimed to media on arrival at the Zia International Airport yesterday that he had not sexually harassed an Australian girl during the 18th Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

Alo returned home in the early hours on Tuesday with the Bangladesh contingent.

However, Bangladesh contingent's general manager Isthiaque Ahmed Curren told that the shooter plead guilty to the court.

"Immediately after his arrest on March 25 at the Games Village, he confessed to the police of his crime," Curren told yesterday

"He also did the same during his hearing on Monday morning at the court and was fined Australian dollars 1,000. He did not have to pay the fine but if he wants to visit Australia ever, he will have to pay the amount within the next three months.

"We are going to take action against Alo and Towhidul Islam, the athlete who fled from the camp," said Curren who is also the deputy secretary general of Bangladesh Olympic Association. "I hope the respective federations would also take actions.

"We have given letters to the four federations today seeking suggestions to improve performance of the athletes before the forthcoming SA Games in Sri Lanka," he added.