The government wants the local television channels highlight the country’s achievements in various sectors, including sports, during the broadcast of World Cup Football 2018 beginning today.
Information minister Hasanul Haque Inu in a meeting with former footballers and others in his Dhaka house on Wednesday requested the participants to uphold the sports sector’s developments of the country in TV talk-shows and other programmes during the popular games to be screened by state-run television BTV and two private channels.
‘The programmes will contain the journey of development in Bangladesh’s sports arena that took place during our tenure, as well as, the lacking of sports in Bangladesh’, said Inu, who was also a goalkeeper of Mohammedan Sporting Club in 70’s.
All three television channels BTV, Massranga and Nagorik TV who will broadcast the matches of WC 2018, will host some sports programmes before, after and break time of the matches, the information minister told a press briefing after the meeting.
At the programmes, the former footballers, coaches and other sports personalities would discuss about football as well as the development issues of the country, he said.
As the WC is very popular in Bangladesh as well as in the whole world; therefore, government wants people of Bangladesh should get more engaged with sports, he said.
Referring the Bangladesh Women’s Cricket Team’s recent achievement in T20 Asia Cup cricket, he said that during the tenure of Sheikh Hasina-led government the sports arena had seen rapid development.
‘The government also erased the disparity between the women and men in sports arena, the recent victory of women cricketers testimony that’, he said.
He also said that government is planning to organise showcasing the WC matches in big-screens at least in upazila levels.
At the conference, former footballers Imtiaz Sultan Jony, Abdul Gaffar and Al leader Ashim Kumar Ukil also present.
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