The divisional phase of Bangladesh Youth Games will begin today in different venues across the eight divisions, said the officials of the Bangladesh Olympic Association.
The Under-17 age-group meet, which was introduced for the first time, saw a total of 23,210 athletes from 22 disciplines took part in the preliminary phase held in 64 districts from December 18-24.
Among them a total of 3,473 athletes from different disciplines have been selected to compete in divisional phase.
The competition of Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet will be held in their respective divisional headquarters while different districts will host different disciplines for other divisions.
Khulna will host maximum 14 disciplines out of 22 selected by the BOA for the meet while Rangpur will host 13 disciplines. Dhaka and Rajshahi division will host 12 disciplines each followed by Chittagong, Sylhet and Barisal, who will host nine disciplines.
Mymensingh will hold the second phase with only eight disciplines.
Competition for Dhaka division will be held in 11 venues including the Bangabandhu National Stadium and Bangladesh Krira Sikkha Pratisthan.
BOA said they found a clear idea over real condition of different
sports across the country by holding the preliminary phase.
In a rude awakening for BOA, officials said they found no participants in divisional level in as many as seven disciplines – hockey, basketball, judo, archery, shooting, taekwondo and wushu – and they had be given a direct entry in national level.
‘The preliminary phase provided us the real picture of the country’s sports as most of the disciplines were not popular equally in all districts,’ BOA secretary general Syed Shahed Reza told reporters during a press conference at the BOA House on Sunday.
‘We had to allow seven disciplines to participate directly in the final phase because they had no sufficient participants for the divisional phase.’
Reza said the total scenario of the sports in the district level will help them to set their further programme.
‘This is for the first time we took the initiative of holding a meet from the district level,’ he said.
‘With the games we got some clear pictures over the activities of the sports federations, who are the prime authority to run their respective games across the country.
‘We have collected all the data of talented players from grassroots level and now we have to work collectively to nurture them.’
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