PM for fund to help athletes


DHAKA, June 25, 2019 (BSS) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked the ministries of finance and sports to set up a special fund to provide financial assistance for athletes.

She gave the directive at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) here so that the sportspersons do not suffer from financial difficulties after retirement, Planning Minister M A Mannan told newsmen after the meeting.

Sheikh Hasina said the fund would help them to maintain their physical fitness. The fund will also be used in imparting training to all professional athletes, she added.

“If their (athletes) fitness remains all right, they could be engaged in other jobs,” Mannan quoted her as saying.

He said the premier congratulated Bangladesh Cricket Team in the ECNEC meeting for their victory against Afghanistan in the ICC World Cup in England.