DHAKA, April 18, 2016 - The Bangladesh Sports Press Association (BSPA) honored the nation’s 21 leading female athletes who brought success for the country, winning gold medals in different international events since independence.
The BSPA accorded an hour-long reception, under the title “Fair & Lovely Foundation Krirangoner Adamya Nari”. The ceremony, sponsored by Unilever Bangladesh Limited, was held in 16th April 2016 at the National Sports Council auditorium.
Women’s International Master and iconic sports personality Rani Hamid was honored with the lifetime achievement award for her contribution to the game of chess.
“I feel extremely honored. It is really great to see a group of women together who brought gold medals for the country from different events. I hope the number of women will increase in future and this honor will definitely boost the interest of the young girls,’ said Rani Hamid, 71, who has been involved with Bangladesh chess for almost four decades.
Recent gold winners in the South Asian Games, swimmer Mahfuza Khatun Shila and weightlifter Mabia Akter Simanta, were also in the awardees’ list, along with taekwondo players Sharmin Farzana Rumi and Shammi Akter, karateka Jo Woo Proo, Usainu Marma and Moriam Khatun, shooters Sharmin Akter Ratna, Sayeeda Sadia Sultana, Tripti Datta, Sharmin Akter, Sabrina Sultana and Kazi Shahana Pervin, wushu player Eti Islam and athlete Rahima Khanam Juthi.
Minister for Cultural Affairs, Asaduzzaman Noor MP distributed the awards among the women athletes as the chief guest. BSPA Presiden Mustofa Mamun, Secretary Rejwan uz Zaman Rajib, Ex-President of BSPA and chairman of the organizing committee Hasanullah Khan Rana was present in this occasion.