Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her government has always laid high emphasis on sports as it instills into one the spirit to become worthy citizens.
“We want the people of the country, particularly youths to become worthy citizens through practicing sports,” the premier said while addressing a ceremony arranged for distributing trophies and prizes among the champion and runner up countries of the Bangagandhu Gold Cup International Football Tournament, 2020 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
The premier hoped that the children of the country will go ahead through practicing sports as her government has always attached importance to sports and its overall development.
In this context, she said that her government has been arranging Bangamata Football Tournament for girls and Bangabandhu Football Tournament for boys from the primary school level.
The Prime Minister adorned the players, coaches and team managers with medals and distributed cheques for prize money among the best player, highest goal scorer and players of the champion and runner-up team.
Defending Champion Palestine clinched the title for the second term by beating Burundi by 3-1 goals.
The premier said, “I am extending special thanks to the friendly country Palestine for becoming champion and Burundi for becoming runners-up and other countries such as host Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Seychelles and Mauritius for taking part in the Bangabandhu Gold Cup.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina witnessed the entire second half of the final match between Palestine and Burundi at the stadium.