PM wants to build future generation “best in knowledge, science and sports”
2/17/12
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“We want to groom our children as good citizens so they don’t go
astray, and stay away from drugs and other mischief,” she said while
addressing a certificate distribution ceremony at the Shaheed
Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium in city’s Mirpur in the afternoon.

The Prime Minister distributed certificates among some of the
volunteers of different schools and colleges who took part in the
inaugural ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 held at the
Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital on February 17 last year.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith, State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad
Ali Sarker and Army Chief General Abdul Mubeen also spoke on the
occasion.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president AHM Mustafa Kamal gave the
vote of thanks while BCB director Dewan Shafiul Arefin Tutul gave the
welcome address.

A documentary titled ‘Beautiful Bangladesh’ made on the eve of the
ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 was shown at the function while noted
singers Ibrar Tipu, Balam, Arnab, Elita and Kona rendered the
inaugural song of the last cricket world cup.

Some 1,800 boys and girls representing 15 renowned schools and
colleges of the country, after month-long rigorous rehearsals, took
part in the inaugural ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and
made it a great success through their colourful physical display.

Terming the Awami League government as sports-friendly, Sheikh Hasina
said her government always works for the development of country’s
sports. “We’ve extended all kinds of support including construction
of necessary sports infrastructures,”

She said sports expedites flourishing of culture and also reduces the
criminal tendency.

The premier hoped that the next generation of the country will build
themselves as ‘sonar manush’ to materialise the dream of father of
the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

She said that in her previous term, Bangladesh got widespread
recognition in the international cricket arena as the country had
qualified for playing the ICC World Cup through winning the ICC
Trophy beating Kenya in 1997.

In this regard, she mentioned that Bangladesh also got the ODI status
during the tenure of the Awami League government as well as had been
named as the 10th test playing nation of the cricketing world.

Hasina said apart from the male cricketers, the female cricketers of
the country are also improving day by day as the Bangladesh eves
cricket team has recently got the one-day status.

Mentioning that the ICC World T20 Tournament will be held in the
country in 2014, she said all the necessary preparations would be
taken from now onwards so that the tournament becomes world class and
colourful.

Apart from organising the colourful opening ceremony, Bangladesh also
hosted eight matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 as well as
four practice matches.

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