Chief Guest Mr. Ekramul Karim Chowdhury M.P, Deputy Commissioner of
Noakhali, representatives from BOA, British Council of Bangladesh and other
invited guests are observing the Opening Ceremony.
17 Apr 2011, Dhaka, Bangladesh: The Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) launched a “Sports for All” pilot project in Noakhali District on March 24, supported by International Inspiration and in collaboration with the British Council Bangladesh, UNICEF and UK Sports. “Sports for All” is a BOA project to revive local games and ensure sports participation for all categories of society, irrespective of age and physical capability.
The games included Golla Chut, Bou Chi. Saat Chara, Dariabandha, Ha-du-du, Ekka-Dokka, Kho-kho, Lathi khela, ricksaw race and cow-boy race. These games are now on the verge of extinction, but once were very popular among the youth as they could play these games without much cost and in minimum space.
A population with good health can build a healthy nation. Keeping this in mind BOA decided to revive those local and indigenous games for every sphere of life throughout the country to ensure recreation and health through sports. It is also a part of the promotion of Olympism throughout the country.
“Sports for All” will have a legacy. Those who are identified in local games may go on to district or divisional events and be recognised by the national sports federations. The chief guest at the grand final on March 24 was Mr. Akramul Karim Chawdhury M.P, Deputy Commissioner of Noakhali.
In other news from Bangladesh, BOA has decided to focus on team events after achieving significant success at the 11th South Asian Games in Dhaka in 2010.
BOA has chosen archery and shooting to achieve good results at the international level, and on January 28 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Richard John Priestman, an internationally recognised archery coach from Britain, to train the national archery team for a period of 18 months leading up to the London Olympic Games 2012. The training camp began in March at the Sports Training Institute of Bangladesh.