Govt. continues financial assistance to affected sportsmen

State Minister for Youth and Sports Mohammad Zahid Ahsan Russell MP today distributed Taka 70 lakh to more than 1000 sportsmen affected by coronavirus.

The State Minister handed over the cheque of 70 lakhs to the representatives of various sports federations of the country for providing financial assistance through a ceremony held today at the conference room of the National Sports Council.

As part of the government’s continued support, more than 1,000 athletes affected by the coronavirus.The affected everybody received Taka 7,000.

While distributing the checks, the State Minister for Youth and Sports said: “We have been trying to provide humanitarian assistance to our athletes and sports organizers since the beginning of the corona disaster … in the first phase, we have given Taka one crore to one thousand athletes through various federations. We have also distributed health protection materials among various sports federations, athletes and sports journalist organizations.”

Russell said they have distributed checks worth around Tk 2.15 crore to eight divisional and 64 district sports associations to help the sports people who have become helpless at the grassroots level of the country by adding that they have provided financial support to sports organizers and sports journalists as well.

The state minister said: “In the third phase, we are providing Taka 70 lakh more to 1000 athletes and all these initiatives have been successfully implemented with the sincerity and overall direction of the sports-loving Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. I sincerely thank the Prime Minister. I would like to assure you that this humanitarian assistance programme of the government will continue in the future as well.”

It can be mentioned that by the initiative of State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell, the Ministry of Youth and Sports recently allocated Taka three crore to help helpless athletes, sports organizers, referees, coaches and other sports personalities across the country.

National Sports Council Secretary Mohammad Masud Karim presided over the ceremony where Youth and Sports Secretary Mohammad Akhter Hossain was present as the special guest.

Senior officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, representatives of various sports federations and athletes were also present on the occasion. BSS

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