DHAKA, Feb 17, 2017 (BSS)- Amidst great enthusiasm the 4th Rollball World Cup was inaugurated today (Friday) at Sheikh Russel Roller Skating Complex in the city.
Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal inaugurated the World Cup as the chief guest. State Minister for Youth and Sports Dr Biren Sikder, Deputy Ministr Arif Khan Joy were also present in the opening ceremony.
Six hundred participants from 40 countries - forty men's and twenty six women's teams - are competing in the six-day tournament. The curtain of the tournament will drop on February 23.
Sport loving Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to present on the closing day (February 23) as the chief guest and will announce the closing of the World Cup.
Bangladesh men's team will start their World Cup campaign taking on strong Hong Kong scheduled to be held this afternoon at Sheikh Russel Roller Skating Stadium in Paltan while the women's team will start their World Cup mission against Nepal tomorrow (Saturday).
The World Cup matches will be held in three venues - Mirpur Outer Stadium, Handball Stadium and in the newly built Sheikh Russell Roller Skating Complex - in the city. All the participants will be staying at in the renovated National Sports Council's dormitories, said General Secretary of Bangladesh Roller Skating Federation Ahmed Asiful.
The tournament has eight groups and Bangladesh men's team pitted in pool D along with Myanmar, Fiji and Hong Kong. The groups phase will be held in league basis. Top two teams from each group will move to the knock out round. Eight winning pre quarterfinals teams will qualify for the quarter-finals. Two losers' semifinals will play the place-deciding match.
This is the first time Bangladesh is going to host the Rollball World Cup. The International Rollball Federation organize the Rollball World Cup in each two years.
Denmark emerged champions in the in the first Rollball World Cup in 2011 while India lifted the titles in the second and third occasions.
Bangladesh men's team will compete in the World Cup for the third times while the eve team in the second occasions.
Bangladesh for the first time is going to host the mega event after successful hosting of the first and third edition in Pune, India and the second in Nairobi in Kenya. Bangladesh Roller Skating Federation is organisng the tournament under the auspicious guideline of chief patron Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Earlier, Bangladesh finished seventh position in the last World Cup held in Pune India.