President Abdul Hamid on Friday urged athletes, organisers and all concerned to come forward to utilise the indomitable stamina, courage and potential of youngsters to attain success in global sports.
‘Utilise the potentials of youngsters to attain success in sports,’ he said while delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of the 17th All Asia Open Full Contact Karate Championship 2018 at Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium at Mirpur in Dhaka.
Stressing on implementation of a coordinated plan and its proper execution to achieve the desired success in sports, the president said the government alongside the sports fans would have to play a significant role in availing the potentialities in the country’s sports.
The head of the state said sports was a very conducive element for society-development, nation building and flourishing world civilization.
He said, ‘In the era of globalisation, we have to flourish in the field of sports alongside the developments in education, culture, industry and economy.’
Referring to the recent successes of women footballers and youth soccer team who brought glory and pride for the country through their outstanding performances, Abdul Hamid said, ‘We have to set new and brighter examples in the field of sports in the days to come.’
Noting that Karate was the game which taught the athletes discipline, patience, tolerance and respect for opponents, president Hamid said this competition would surely uphold the motto of Kyokushin Karate for building world peace.
He appreciated all the 12 million members of Kyokushin Karate and others concerned who were contributing to their respective societies and establishing world peace with the spirit of Kyokushin Karate, ‘Keep your head low, eyes high, mouth shut; base yourself on filial piety and benefit others.’
At the very outset of his speech, the president paid profound respect to the nation’s founder president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who reconstituted a war-ravaged economy and contributed immensely to the development of the country’s sports.
International Karate Organisation Kyokushin organised the programme with IKO Bangladesh chapter’s chief patron and former foreign minister and lawmaker Dipu Moni in the chair.
State minister for youth and sports Shree Biren Shikder, international director of IKO Katsuhito Gorai, Bangladesh chapter general secretary of IKO Monir Ahmed Bhuiyan, secretaries concerned to the Bangabhaban, among others, were present.
President Hamid also enjoyed a cultural function including a dance performance and some events of the Karate, including stone-breaking.
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