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Dipu clinches first gold medal for Bangladesh

Men’s v’ball team finish fourth, booters beaten

Dipu clinches first gold medal for Bangladesh

Sports Desk Taekwondo player Dipu Chakma claimed the first gold medal for Bangladesh at the 13th South Asian Games in Nepalese capital Kathmandu. He won the medal in Individual Poomsae 29+ category on Monday. Dipu, who won five gold medals and a silver in different international events, is participating in SA Games for the first time this year. “I can’t express my feelings in words. I’m feeling so proud to be able to do something for my country. I’ve been waiting for this day for so long,” ecstatic Dipu said after winning the medal. Dipu has been working with Bangladesh Army since 2001. His love with the game started since then. Dipu said he was confident about winning the medal. “I’ve won gold medals in different international events in the past. I was confident this time, before coming to the SA Games,” he added. Bangladesh Olympic Association secretary general Syed Shahed Reza was jubilant following Dipu’s win. “Our mission of winning gold has kicked off. I hope this would continue.” Earlier on the day Karate player Humaira Akther brought home the first medal for Bangladesh in the 13th South Asian Games, winning a bronze medal in women’s individual kata event. Pakistan and Nepal grabbed the gold and silver medals respectively. After winning the medal, an elated Humaira told Prothom Alo, “I can’t express my delight in words.” Champion for five times at the national level, Humaira, however, said, “My performance was not up to the mark. I had the confidence but it is matter of frustration that I could not win the gold.” Humaira will play tomorrow (Tuesday) in women’s group kumi event. “I hope tomorrow I’ll be able to do better than today.” She passed HSC exam this year from Willes Little Flower School and College. Humaira’s father, Ashraful Alam, a businessman, always encourages her and her sister Jannatul Ferdous in sports. “My family always encourages me. Besides, my college teachers and classmates helped me continue my studies.” Bangladesh men’s volleyball team emerged fourth as they lost to Sri Lanka by 3-1 set in the place deciding match of the ongoing 13th South Asian Games men’s volleyball event held on Monday at cover hall at Tripureshwor. Bangladesh went ahead by winning the first set by 25-23 set points but Sri Lanka staged a fight back by winning the second set 25-20 set points. Sri Lanka took the lead when they won the third set by 25-16 set points and the Islanders sealed the victory by winning the fourth set by 25-21 set points. Earlier, on Sunday, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka teams were eliminated from the title race after conceding a straight 0-3 sets defeat against Pakistan and 3-1 set defeat to India respectively in the semifinals encounters. Two traditional rivals India and Pakistan will play in the gold deciding final scheduled to be held today (Tuesday) at 3pm. Earlier, Bangladesh men’s team beat hosts Nepal by 3-2 sets in a keenly contested first match and confirmed their spot of semifinal as group A runners-up, despite losing to India by an straight 0-3 sets in their second match. Bangladesh women’s volleyball team already made exit from the race following their two consecutive defeats against hosts Nepal and India. Bangladesh Olympic football team suffered a shock solitary goal defeat against Bhutan in their opening match of 13th South Asian Games held on Monday at Dasarath Rangasala Stadium. Despite a barren first half, it was an entertaining display by as both the teams launching attacks and counter attacks. But it was Chencho Gyeltshen who made all the difference scoring the all important goal for Bhutan in the 65th minute of the match. In the remaining proceeding, Bangladesh however tried to stage a fight back creating some scoring chances but failed to convert those into a goal due to lack of proper finishing. Bangladesh will play their second match against Maldives on December 4, meet Sri Lanka on December 5 and play their last match against host Nepal on December 8. The top two teams will lock horn in the final scheduled to be held on December 10 at the same venue. Bangladesh team: Anisur Rahman, Pappu Hossain, Mahfuz Hasan Pritom, Biswanath Ghosh,Rahmat Mia,Yeasin Khan, Tutul Hossain, Riyadul Hasan, Sushanto Tripura, Jamal Bhuyan, Biplob Ahmed, Mohammad Rabiul Hasan, Mohammad Al Amin, Mahbubur Rahman, Saad Uddin, Nabib Newaz Zibon, Rakib Hossain, Arifur Rahman and Mohammad Ibrahim.

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