Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan was set to begin a hockey course for females for the first time since its inception after the coronavirus situation becomes normal.
A total of 15 players were already selected for the course and their classes will start once BKSP reopens, said BKSP hockey department in charge Jahed Hossain Razu.
‘We have completed the admission formalities of the selected 15 female players in March but could not start due to the corona situation. This will be the first female batch for hockey at BKSP,’ said Razu, who was a student of the first hockey batch at BKSP.
He also informed that the chosen players were aged below 14 and will start their studies at the institute as students of seventh grade and will study there up to 12th grade.
BKSP selected these players from a pool of 45 players, who were chosen through talent hunt programmes in eight divisions.
Those 45 players then took part in six-day final test at BKSP and from which 15 were selected.
From now the course will continue each year like other disciplines of the institute, said Razu.
Among the lucky 15, highest four players were selected from Dinajpur district, three were from Chattogram, two each from Jhenaidah and Mymensingh and one from Kishoreganj, Satkhira, Netrokona and Rajshahi respectively.
BKSP gives admission to 100 boys in hockey each year, starting from seventh grade.
BKSP started with 60 students –30 hockey and 30 football – in 1986 and currently runs 17 sports disciplines.
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