DHAKA: Bashundhara Group, the largest business conglomerate in the country, has extended its support to Special Olympics Bangladesh in ensuring the team’s participation in the upcoming Chicago Unified World Cup Football competition.
Special Olympics Bangladesh team faced uncertainty over participation in the competition due to financial crisis. The management secured the air tickets for the team but fell short on funds for other accommodation expenses. The management authority then sought help from Bashundhara Group chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan.
Bashundhara Group came forward quickly in response to the request. Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir handed over a cheque for Tk 30 lakh to Chairman and Founder Chairman of Special Olympics Bangladesh Ashraf Dawla on Thursday (July 12).
The cheque hand over ceremony was held at Bashundhara Industrial headquarters-1 while Daily Sun Editor Enamul Hoque Chowdhury, Kaler Kantho Editor Imdadul Haq Milon, Bangladesh Pratidin Editor and also CEO of News24 and Radio Capital Naem Nizam, among others, were present.
The Special Olympics Bangladesh team, formed with mentally challenged athletes, was able to brought astonishing success for the country. Members of this team secured 6 gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze medals in the Special Olympics World Games held in New Haven city of Connecticut in USA in 1995.
They have also won 71 medals including 32 gold medals in 2007 Special Olympic in Shanghai, 58 medals including 35 gold medals in 2011 Special Olympic held in Athens and 56 medals including 35 gold medals in 2013 Asia Pacific Games held in New Castle of Australia.
Recently the team’s USA tour to join the football competition faced ambiguity due to lack of funds. The authority of Special Olympics Bangladesh expressed sincere gratitude to Bashundhara Group for their assistance in removing the uncertainty.
BDST: 1955 HRS, JULY 12, 2018