Hooliganism in badminton

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:15, Dec 01,2016


National badminton players on Thursday alleged that a senior fellow kicked them out of the Wooden Floor Gymnasium rest room to hold a controversial Annual General Meeting of Badminton Players Welfare Association.
A total of 12 players were taking a break on the sideline of their preparation for a forthcoming international meet when former national player Enayetullah Khan entered the room and asked them to leave.
Enayet hanged a banner for AGM of welfare association, though the players have no mandate to hold the meeting.
Wahiduzzaman Raju and Sibbir Ahmed were elected respectively as the president and the general secretary of the welfare association on November 14, though a group led Enayet did not recognise them.
‘When we protested them they assaulted us,’ said shuttler Moazzem Hossain Wahedul. ‘They went crazy when we asked if they had any permission to hold a meeting at this place.’
Current top ranked national shuttler Mohammad Minhaz said he was feeling insecure after the incident.
‘They have thrown out our bags and equipment from the room which left us shocked,’ he said
Top-ranked female shuttler Shapla Akter held Enayet responsible for the occurrence.
‘We want his exemplary punishment for behaving like this,’ she said.
Players said the incident would affect their performance in the Yonex-Sunrise Bangladesh Open International Badminton, scheduled from December 6-14.
Enayet denied all the allegations and accused incumbent welfare association president Raju of instigating the others.
‘When we were holding the AGM with the permission of the federation, Raju and some outsiders attacked us and assaulted me,’ he said, adding that he was elected as new president in the AGM.
Interim general secretary of federation, Golam Aziz Jilani, said he didn’t give permission to anybody to hold meeting disrupting players’ practice.

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