Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged people of the country to put up resistance against militancy, terrorism and drugs in a coordinated way.
“I call upon all: put up resistance, mobilise public opinion and make people aware about the menaces of militancy, drug and terrorism,” she said.
The prime minister was addressing the closing and medal distribution ceremony of Bangabandhu Inter-University Sports Champs 2019 at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Describing militancy, terrorism, drugs and corruption as the wounds of society, the prime minister urged guardians, parents, teachers, relatives, ulemas (Islamic scholars), imams and muazzins, public representatives and others to keep the society and country free from these social diseases.
“Our country and society will have to be safe from these.”
She said her government worked in the last 10 years for the development of the country’s sports sector, alongside socioeconomic uplift and poverty reduction.
Hasina said the government is making efforts so that youths can develop themselves in a proper way engaging in education, sports and cultural exercises.
The premier mentioned that she has family ties with sports, as her grandfather, father Bangabandhu, brothers Sheikh Kamal and Sheikh Jamal, Kamal’s wife Sultana and even Jamal’s wife were engaged in sports.
She said Bangladesh got many brilliant footballers in the last 10 years following the introduction of Bangabandhu Gold Cup Primary School Football Tournament and Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Gold Cup Primary School Football Tournament.
Hasina said the government took the initiative so that children can become physically fit, get mental strength and develop merit through sports and physical exercises.
Hasina said the government will also introduce inter-college sports competitions in the future.
Following the introduction of inter-school, inter-college and inter-university tournaments, Bangladesh will be able to get many good players and show skills in competitions, she hoped.
The month-long tournament began on March 29, marking the birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
With participation of some 3,000 students from 65 public and private universities, the mega sports tournament featured 10 events -- football, cricket, swimming, athletics, table tennis, basketball, volleyball, handball, cycling and badminton.
With the theme “Let’s build a Bangladesh in cognition of Bangabandhu”, the tournament was held on different university campuses across the country.
The prime minister handed over the champion trophy to the highest gold medal winning institution -- Jashore Science and Technology University. She also handed over trophies to best player of the tournament Uzzal Sutradhar of Jashore Science and Technology University, best female player Tamanna Akter of Islamic University and best football player Shamim Hossain (goalkeeper of Gono Biswabidyalay).
The PM handed over both the men’s and women’s football champion trophies to Gono Bishwabidyalay, while the cricket champion trophy went to AIUB, volleyball (men’s) to Dhaka University, basketball to Jahangirnagar University and handball (men’s) trophy jointly to Dhaka University and Islamic University.
Earlier, Sheikh Hasina enjoyed the second half of the football (men’s) final match held between Gono Bishwabidyalay and Fareast International University at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Gono Bishwabidyalay clinched the championship title in a “sudden death” session.