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POST TIME: 13 November, 2019 08:58:47 PM
PM stresses sports, culture to make worthy citizens
Bss, Dhaka

PM stresses sports, culture 
to make worthy citizens

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina poses with a racket while inaugurating Sheikh Russell International Club Cup Tennis Tournament in Khulna through a video conferencing at her official residence Ganabhaban in the capital yesterday. BSS Photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday stressed the need for sports and cultural activities alongside academic pursuits to make the youths, teenagers and children as worthy citizens of the country.

“Our target is to make the youths, teenagers and children as the worthy citizens of the country. So, it is necessary for them to take part in sports and cultural activities alongside academic pursuits to groom themselves as worthy citizens,” she said.

The premier said this while opening Sheikh Russell International Club Cup Tennis Tournament, 2019 in Khulna through a video conferencing at her official Ganabhaban residence here yesterday.

“The importance of sports and culture is essential to keep children away from militancy, terrorism and drugs,” she said.

She went on saying, “We want our children to participate in sports and cultural competitions alongside studies for developing their sound health and mind.”

The premier said sports and cultural activities instill sense of discipline, responsibility, patriotism to children which is crucial for making them as worthy citizens.

She said the government was constructing mini-stadiums at each of the upazilas so that players’ can practices in proper way to nourish their talents.

Mentioning herself as a sports family member, Sheikh Hasina said her grandfather Sheikh Lutfur Rahman, father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and two brothers Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Kamal were footballers.

She also said wives of Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Kamal were also involved in sports.

PM’s Political Adviser HT Imam and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, who is also the president of Bangladesh Tennis Federation, were present on the dais.

A brief presentation on the Sheikh Russell International Club Cup Tennis Tournament was also screened on the occasion.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan Papon, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) President Kazi Salahuddin and ambassadors and high commissioners were also present.

As many as 19 countries including host Bangladesh, USA, UK, Italy, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia and Nepal are taking part in the tournament.