The second edition of the Bangabandhu International Kabaddi tournament will be underway from March 19 eight countries including host Bangladesh are the participants in the weeklong competition.
England, Kenya, Iraq, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Nepal are the seven foreign participants and host Bangladesh is lined up for the meet.
The participant teams from abroad are scheduled to arrive in the capital on 16th and 17th March and the grouping of the meet will take place on March 18th.
Organized by the Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation (BKF), it is the back to back international kabaddi tournament which is going to be held after the name of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun, Director General of RAB and president of the BKF informed in a press meet on Monday at the Kabaddi Stadium.
Mamun when detailed all about the tournament to the media said, “Last year we organized the first edition of the Bangabandhu international kabaddi tournament to mark the centenary birth anniversary of the father of nation and this time also part of celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Independence and the birth centenary of Bangabandhu we all set to organize the meet in befitting manner.”
Meanwhile the first edition was organized with the participation of five countries, four teams from abroad and the hosts Bangladesh.
Mamun, when revealed their objective said, “Last year, during the first edition, we announced that every year we would organize an international tournament after the name of the father of nation in a particular time, as the foreign participants could be prepared for the tournament. The tournament also included in the International Kabaddi Federation’s yearly calendar. This time also we are organizing the tournament in March.”
“As our main objective to spread out the popularity of the Bangabandhu Kabaddi tournament across the continents, so this time a team, each from Europe (England) and Africa (Kenya) and six from Asia (including Bangladesh) are taking part this edition,” Mamun revealed.
Mamun, replying to the query ‘why there are no any top ranked teams but the hosts’, said, “We actually invited about 10 to 12 countries to participate in the tournament, among them seven nations made their entries and will participate but some of the countries are not coming due to their hectic domestic schedule and different reasons.”
Captain of the Bangladesh team Tuhin Tarafdar, when put across his expectation with the tournament as the reigning champions, said, “Obviously we will try to keep the momentum of last year and to retain the title.”
Syed Shahed Reza, the Secretary general of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA), Habibur Rahman, DIG of Dhaka Range and the general secretary of Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation (BKF), Gazi Mozammel Haque Additional DiG and the Joint Secretary BKF were also present in the press conference. The jersey of the national team was also unveiled by the guests after the press meet.