Sports, Handball

Bangabandhu IHF Trophy Women’s set to begin tomorrow

Published : 11 May 2023 09:34 PM

The third edition of four-nation Bangabandhu IHF Trophy Women's (youth and junior) is all set to begin from Saturday (May 13) at Shaheed Captain M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium in the city.

After a gap of seven years, Bangladesh Handball Federation (BHF) in coordination with International Handball Federation (IHF) is all set to host the IHF Trophy commemorating the name of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Eight teams including youth U-17 and junior U-19 from four countries -- India, Nepal, the Maldives and host Bangladesh -- will compete in the meet, endorsed by IHF and organised by BHF.

The spectators will enjoy the matches of the tournament through online live stream in 47 countries and also be telecasted in tournament's facebook page.

The tournament will begin with the inaugural match between India and Nepal at 12 pm.

Addressing at a press conference held  on Thursday at Bangladesh Olympic Association's auditorium, Bangladesh U-17 Youth Handball Team's Coach Dalia Akter and U-19 Junior Handball Team's Coach Amzad Hossain were found optimistic to snatch a respectable result for the country. 

Dalia said: "We've got a little time to prepare the team than the previous. However, I utmost tried to prepare the girls through training. Most player of the team are young in age of 13-14 and they assured me to give their best in the tournament."

Through India, the Maldives and Nepal are strong sides but the girls are upbeat to give their best effort in the tournament, she said further.

Amzad Hossain, the coach of Bangladesh U-19 Junior Handball Team said: "We started the camp with 48 players. Later, it came down to 40 players.  From there we're participating in the tournament with the final team of 14 players now. The preparation and practice of the junior team has been similar to that of the youth team. We will also try to do the best in the tournament."