"We had a dream of winning the SAFF Women's Championship but we could not do it. The dream finally came true through this group of brilliant girls," was the instant reaction from former national striker Suinu Pru Marma, who represented Bangladesh in the first three editions of the regional women's football extravaganza.
Although volleyball was once widely practiced around the country, the sport began to lose its popularity in recent times until the men's senior national side recently started attracting attention after finishing as champions and runners-up on a few occasions in the Asian Senior Men's Central Zone International Volleyball Championship. The youth volleyball team followed in those footsteps, surprisingly finishing fifth in the just-concluded 21st Asian Men's Under-20 Volleyball Championship in Bahrain. Captain Tanvir Hossain Tonmoy was one of architects behind that success and the 6ft 2in 19-year-old spoke to The Daily Star's Anisur Rahman about their thrilling journey in the 17-nation tourney among other topics. The excerpts are below:
Bangladesh have just concluded another campaign in the Commonwealth Games but the athletes hardly drew any attention from the country’s sports fraternity after again failing to perform on a big platform.
FIDE Master Tahsin Tajwar Zia was reluctant to learn the intricacies of chess from his father, Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman, but his interest bloomed as he found himself confined at home during the Covid-19 pandemic and now Tajwar is far more serious about the game and spends a lot of time learning from his prominent father.
Having strengthened their foothold in the domestic circuit by winning a third consecutive Bangladesh Premier League title, Bashundhara Kings are setting their sights on becoming the best club in South Asia.
Though promoted football clubs usually struggle to survive in country’s top-tier football league, Bashundhara Kings have bucked the trend and have made a piece of history too with a third consecutive Bangladesh Premier League title.
Due to the domestic and international engagements at the clubs or national team level, top footballers hardly get the scope to enjoy the religious festivals and vacations with family members, relatives and friends. And for some booters who get to be on leave but have to head to the other side of Padma river from Dhaka, most of their time would be spent crossing the river via ferry.
After working with the country’s budding gymnasts for over two months, Korean coach Cho Sung Dong realised that Bangladeshi gymnasts and the coaches not only lack basic techniques but also trail in their thought processes toward the game.