Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina distributed Sheikh Kamal National Sports Council Award-2022 among nine sports personalities and two organizations in seven categories on Friday morning.
The premier joined the award distribution ceremony virtually in city's Osmani Memorial Auditorium from her official residence Ganabhaban, organized on the occasion of the 73rd birth anniversary of Freedom Fighter Shaheed captain Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
On behalf of the prime minister, State Minister for Youth and Sports Md Zahid Ahsan Russel handed over the awards among the recipients.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports has nominated nine sports personalities and two organisations in seven categories for the prestigious Sheikh Kamal National Sports Council (NSC) Award in 2022.
Veteran sports organizer Harunur Rashid received lifetime award, while Liton Kumar Das (cricket), Abdullah Hel Baki (shooting) and Mollah Sabira Sultana (weightlifting) were given the award in sport personality category.
Emerging athletes: Diya Siddique (Archery) and Mohammad Shariful Islam (Cricket).
Sports organizer: Saidur Rahman Patel and Nazma Shamim.
Sports association/federation/sports organization: Bangladesh Olympic Association.
Sports sponsor: Green Delta Insurance Company Limited.
Sports journalist: Kashinath Bashak.
Each award winner received Tk 1 lakh, a crest and certificate.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports introduced the award for the first time last year on the occasion of Sheikh Kamal's birth anniversary.
The nominees for this award have been finalized after being scrutinized by the concerned committee in the light of specific criteria for recognition of their outstanding contribution to sports.