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National School Hockey final round begins today

  • Published at 01:15 pm March 6th, 2015
National School Hockey final round begins today

The final round of the First Security Islami Bank National School Hockey, comprising 32 teams who have qualified from 11 qualifying zones across the country, gets underway at Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium today.

The 32 sides have been split into eight groups containing four teams each. Only the group champions will move into the quarterfinals.

The organising committee of the tournament declared a purse of Tk300,000, 200,000 and 100,000 for the champions, runners-up and third-place finishers respectively. To inspire the budding players, the committee also announced a kitty of Tk20,000 each for the best defender, best midfielder, best forward and best goalkeeper.

It would be mentionable that 120 schools across the country participated in the qualifying stage. The final is billed to be held on March 23.

In a press conference held at the Dutch-Bangla Bank auditorium of the Bangladesh Olympic Association yesterday, Mamunur Rashid, the secretary of the tournament committee, said the quality of the players has improved. “I must say this year the players are playing better hockey tactically and technically,” said the former national captain.

Azam Khan, the head of development and marketing of First Security Islami Bank, hoped to see the future stars within a short span of time. “This is the second year we are sponsoring the event and we are encouraged to see the improvement. We hope to see the players in the big stage,” said Azam.

Hockey Federation member Rafikul Islam Kamal and tournament official Zafrul Ahsan were also present on the occasion.

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