Bangladesh aim big
Bangladesh are expecting to win 17 gold medals in the 11th South Asian (SA) Games when the regional Olympic extravaganza takes place here in January-February next year.
This was projected in the first meeting of the SA Games organising committee with its chairman and Finance Minister AMA Muhith present at the NSC Tower Auditorium yesterday.
While briefing the reporters after the meeting, which has approved the sub-committees for a successful holding of the event, Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) Secretary General Kutubuddin Ahmed said that Bangladesh stand a good chance of winning a handful of gold medals.
"We have set our sight on 80 medals including 17 golds after assessing the performance of the athletes now training at different places," said Kutubuddin.
He also said informed that the organising committee would soon announce cash awards for winners to achieve the target.
Kutubuddin informed that the NSC, custodian of country's sport, is working round the clock to complete the renovation work in time. Like other occasions, Bangabandhu National Stadium will host the football and athletic events apart from gracing the opening and closing ceremonies.
This is the third time Bangladesh will stage the regional sporting carnival since it was introduced in 1984. Bangladesh last staged the meet in 1993.
The event involving the eight South Asian nations -- India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, new entrant Afghanistan and the hosts Bangladesh -- will commence on January 29. The 11-day spectacle that includes 23 disciplines will conclude on February 9.
This is for the first time cricket has been included in the meet along with golf, handball, cycling and ushu. The introduction of T20 cricket tournament will certainly add more glamour to the tournament where India have always dominated in terms of winning laurels.