Sakib, Shana shortlisted for top BSPA award

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:30, Jan 07,2020


Bangladesh Sports Press Association on Tuesday announced to nominate cricketer Sakib al Hasan, archer Ruman Shana and footballer Jamal Bhuyan for the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award at a press conference at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

The three star athletes of the country were also listed for the ‘Popular Choice Award’ along with South Asian Games gold medallists, karateka Marzan Akter Priya, weightlifter Mabia Akhter and fencer Fatima Mujib.

The recipient of the ‘Popular Choice Award’ will be decided through public vote and the spectators can vote for their favourite athlete on from January 10 to 20.

Sakib, Shana, Jamal, Simanta and Fatima were also named as athlete of the year in their respective fields.

Humayra Akter Antara and Dipu Chakma were named athlete of the year in karate and taekwondo respectively while archer Ety Khatun won the promising athlete of the year award.

Ety, Antara and Dipu had won gold medals in the 13th SA Games, held in Nepal in early December 2019. 

Among the other awardees, Bangladesh archery team’s German coach Martin Frederick was named coach of the year while Archery Federation secretary Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed Chapal were adjudged as organiser of the year

Bangladesh Archery team sponsor ‘City Group’ were selected as the best sponsor of the year.

Athletics coach Rafiqullah Akhter Milon and football coach Tajul Islam were adjudged grassroots Level sports personality of the year.  

The BSPA also selected former kabaddi player and coach Abdul Jalil for special honour for his contribution to the country’s sport.

The BSPA will hand out the awards in a grand ceremony in the capital on January 24.

BSPA president Mustafa Mamun and general secretary Sudipta Ahmed among others spoke at the press conference.

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