The Bangladesh Olympic Association on Wednesday finalised 31 disciplines and 22 separate venues for the ninth edition of Bangladesh Games, scheduled to be held across the country from April 1 to 10.
The Bangladesh Games, which is the country’s biggest sporting extravaganza, will resume under the banner of Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games after a seven-year break.
The last time the Games was held in 2013 across 14 venues.
The 31 disciplines are -- archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, bodybuilding, boxing, chess, cricket, cycling, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, karate, kho kho, rowing, rugby, roller skating, swimming, shooting, table tennis, tennis, taekowndo, volleyball, wrestling, wushu, kabaddi and weightlifting.
Though the number of disciplines remained unchanged from the last edition, roller skating has been included for the first time after squash was dropped from the meet.
BOA vice-president Sheikh Bashir Ahmed Mamun informed that they have sent the schedule to all involving federations and associations.
Karate and fencing will be held at the Shaheed Suhrawardi Indoor Stadium in the capital alongside judo and volleyball events.
Weightlifting and taekwondo will also have to share the National Sports Council Gymnasium along with gymnastics.
The two notable new venues for this edition are -- Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Stadium for archery and Sheikh Russell Roller Skating Complex for roller skating and wrestling events.
According to the initial fixtures, the men’s and women’s cricket competition will be held in Sylhet and Cox’s Bazar respectively.
The venue for cycling was yet to be finalised, but Mamun, who is also the chairman of the steering committee of the Games, informed that the event was likely to be held in Gopalganj.
Though officially the Games will be inaugurated on April 1, events like football, hockey, badminton, chess, gymnastics, volleyball and wushu will begin on March 24.
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