MNA Sports Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hands over cheques to the national cricket team’s Test captain Musfiqur Rahim and ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza for the team’s excellent performance in the recent tour to Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister was abuzz with a huge number of sports celebrities last night as the premier honoured them through a gala reception at Ganabhaban.
As many as 339 athletes, coaches and officials attended the over one-hour long programme at the PM’s official residence.
Bangladesh Mashrafe Bin Murtaza received Tk 1 crore while Mushfiqur Rahim Tk 1 crore from the prime minister.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board gave the money to the Bangladesh cricket team for their stunning performance against Sri Lanka.
The prime minister first handed over the keys of apartments to three 2016 South Asian Games gold medalists-swimmer Mahfuza Khatun Shila, weightlifter Mabia Akter Simanta and shooter Shakil Ahmed.
She then handed over medals and cheques for money to the players of Bangladesh women cricket team, Bangladesh national cricket team, women soccer team, under-14 football team, deaf cricket team, special winter Olympics team, men and women archery teams, roller skating team, men and women handball teams, national hockey team, shooting team, weightlifting team, volleyball team and junior women badminton team.
She also expressed her heartfelt thanks to the players for their successes and greeted them on the Bangla New Year.
Hasina also handed over Tk 1 crore each to Bangladesh Hockey Federation and Bangladesh Swimming Federation. She gave Tk 10 lakh to Bangladesh under-16 women team which became champions in the AFC Regional Championship held in Dhaka in August last.