With the vow of showing zero tolerance towards corruption and irregularities, newly-appointed State Minister for Youth and Sports, Zahid Ahsan Russel, said that he would give priority to disciplines which have potential of winning medals at international level.
Russel, who was the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on youth and sports in the last 10 years, made the statement during his first day to the National Sports Council (NSC) where he holds the chairman's position.
“As I know everything and nearly everyone in sports well enough, it will be a plus point for me to work here. I want to thank the NSC for its great contribution in creating sports structures across the country, but questions are raised against the NSC more than the sports ministry. I want to take those questions to zero level by working together as a spirited team.
“I have zero tolerance on corruption and irregularities as I don't want to involve myself in such wrongdoings and want to keep others out of irregularity,” Russel said in front of a huge gathering including the NSC staff, organisers and former national athletes who welcomed the state minister with bouquets of flowers, spreading flower petals on the way to the eighth floor.
“There is no alternative to training if we want to achieve something. There is no meaning of having talented players if there is no continuation of training programmes because without training those talented athletes will disappear from the scene. We want to give priority to disciplines which have potential of winning medals at international level. I will sit with federation officials to discuss on how to hunt talent and train those athletes round the year in a bid to turning them into good athletes. I will give highest priority in this area,” added Russel, who also said that he wants to bridge gaps between the NSC and different federations to achievement of targets and smooth work.