The state minister for youth and sports, Zahid Ahsan Russell, distributed cheques worth Tk 2.15 crore among vulnerable athletes, sports organisers and sports journalists at the National Sports Council on Sunday.
The minister distributed the cheques among the representatives from district and divisional sports associations located near Dhaka.
The remaining cheques issued for sports organisations would be sent through postal services later.
Some 2,960 athletes, coaches, referee and organisers from across the country will get Tk 7,000 each from its COVID-19 special fund of Tk 3 crore, said the media release provided by the ministry.
Three sports journalist organisations - Bangladesh Sports Press Association, Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association and Bangladesh Sports Community representative received cheques worth Tk four lakh, Tk three lakh and 2.5 lakh respectively.
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