Despite being discharged from his duties in line with the constitution of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) a month ago, the removal of elected general secretary AKM Mominul Haque Shaeed was not approved at a BHF executive committee yesterday.
The executive committee was supposed to approve the decision to remove Shaeed, who has been absent for the past 11 months following his alleged involvement in the casino scandal. BHF president and Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat along with four vice-president and acting general secretaries removed Shaeed in line with the constitution in the middle of August but yesterday's meeting did not approve the issue due to a 'stay order' against the decision last week.
"The meeting was informed that two members of the executive body filed a writ petition against the decision of the removal of Shaeed and a high court bench issued a stay order, which the BHF is yet to receive. Considering new circumstances, the meeting did not take any decision regarding Shaheed. The BHF will take steps after getting the court order officially," said vice-president Zaki Ahmed Ripon after the meeting, adding that the BHF was likely to sit in another meeting later this month.
It was also decided at the meeting that Mahbub Harun would be appointed as head coach of the national hockey team, who are scheduled to play the Asian Champions Trophy in Dhaka next March. Alamgir Alam of BKSP will act as Harun's assistant while Badrul Islam Dipu was named manager.
Mamunur Rashid has been retained as the head coach of the U-21 national team which will take part in the Junior U-21 Asia Cup in late January in Dhaka, with Jahirul Islam Mitul and Tareq A Adel acting as the assistant coach and the manager respectively.
Ripon informed that the residential camp of the U-21 national hockey team would get underway by mid-September as the Junior Asia Cup is scheduled to take place at Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium from January 21.