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Bangladesh holds Fun Run before Asian Games


11 Dec 2017
11 Dec 2017, DHAKA -The second edition of Fun Run ahead of 18th Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia held in Dhaka amid pomp and grandeur with the participation of around 500 athletes, coaches and sports enthusiasts on Monday.

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) jointly organised the event, which started at the Bangladesh Football Federation premises at 7:30am before ending at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Top officials of Bangladesh Olympic Association, including Secretary-General Syed Shahed Reza, Vice-President Bashir Al Mamum and Deputy Secretary-General Asaduzzaman Kohinoor among others attended the event.

OCA media manager Jeans Zhou Jian and international relations officer Elena Chakarova were also present on the occasion.

“It’s a matter of great pleasure and honour for me to welcome you all in Fun Run 2017 on the occasion of 18th Asian Games to be held in Jakarta –Palembang in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2, 2018,” BOA Secretary-General Shahed Reza said while addressing the participants at the BNS.

“The Olympic Council of Asia has planned to hold Fun Run ahead of Asian Games, which is the great opportunity for the host National Olympic Council to develop their own awareness programme for the athletes,” he said.

“We have tried our best to make the event a success by organising it in a colourful and festive way. I am looking forward to getting this kind of opportunity in the near future,” he added.

Along with t-shirt and certificate, BOA gave medals to 30 participants of the Fun Run, who had been selected through a lottery. “Fun run is not a competition. Fun Run is a social activity which can put us together to celebrate Asian Games. I hope you enjoying the work. I wish you all the best in your future career,” OCA media manager Jeans said at the end of Fun Run.

The Fun Run is a social event aimed at raising awareness about the Asian Games, where around 10,000 athletes from 45 countries and regions are expected to participate in 462 events of 40 sports.

Ahead of the Games, the OCA has planned to hold Fun Run in 28 countries and regions. Pakistan hosted the first Fun Run ahead of Jakarta meet on December 7 in Lahore before the OCA took the event in Dhaka.

Fun Run will resume in Sri Lanka in January 2018 after Bangladesh event and run right through until July 18 in Jakarta – exactly one month before the opening ceremony.

It will be the second time Indonesia will be hosting the Asian Games, following the fourth edition in Jakarta in 1962.

(By Azad Majumder – NewAge Sports Editor)

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