The curtain on final round of arguably one of the biggest ever sporting events of the country, the inaugural Bangladesh Youth Games, will rise today with a colourful opening ceremony at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will officially inaugurate the seven-day long event at 7:21pm before gala show, which included mascot parade, laser shows and fireworks.
The BNS took a new look before the opening ceremony as the authorities painted the galleries and replaced the broken chairs with new ones to give the country’s premium venue a facelift.
The organiser of the event allocated one fourth money of competition’s Tk 20 crore budget for the opening ceremony in order make it a memorable one.
The opening ceremony, which will be telecasted live from the venue by state-own Bangladesh Television and private satellite channel Maasranga Television, will start at 5:30pm with the national anthem and hoisting of the national flag.
An audiovisual show will illustrate the district and divisional phases of youth games before a 45-minute break for Magrib prayer.
In the next stage of the event, eight participating divisions will march past and it will be followed by the speeches of the guests and finally before prime minister Hasina formally inaugurates the meet.
Asif Hossain Khan, the gold medallist of the Manchester Commonwealth Games, will light up the torch before singers rendering the theme song of the event.
An eight-minute long mascot parade will take place after the stage performances by renowned artistes and the dazzling two-hour long programme will end with laser shows and fireworks.
The overspending on the opening show however raised questions as Bangladesh’s different disciplines often faced fund crunch.
Bangladesh Olympic Association however defended their decision to spend Tk 5crore alone on the show.
‘As the Youth Games is first of its kind, so we want to inspire the talented athletes by hosting a colourful opening ceremony in which participating athletes will stay inside the ground to remain involve with the opening ceremony directly,’ BOA vice president and Youth Games media committee chairman Sheikh Bashir Ahmed told reporters.
‘Besides we believes the colourful opening ceremony will inspire other athletes to take part in the Youth Games in future,’ he said.
A total of 2660 athletes will participate in 159 events of 21 disciplines in the meet.
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