The Hockey Players' Welfare Association (HPWA) came forward to help out some 500 hockey players who have been facing difficulties due to the countrywide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The HPWA, with the financial assistance from its adviser Abu Sayem Shaheen, provided grocery items among the players at Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium today afternoon.
"The sports arena is not beyond the impact of the shutdown due to coronavirus and the hockey players have been suffering from financial crisis since there is no competitive hockey going on," said former national goalkeeper and HPWA president Russel Khan Bappi, adding that their efforts will be a success if the items provided help the players for at least one day.
Some 500 players were given food aids while the HPWA is also considering extending their helping hand financially to players located outside the capital ahead of Eid-ul-Adha.
Meanwhile, cricketer Tamim Iqbal had earlier individually provided financial help to some hockey players in order to ease the burden on the athletes amid the coronavirus pandemic.