‘Sada sada kala kala, rang jimchache sada kala, hoechi ami man pagela basantakale’—the song started playing at high volume on the sound system of the Maulana Bhasani Stadium after the match ended. Nazifa Tushi was enjoying the song while standing next to the blue turf of the stadium. This actress of ‘Hawa’ movie fame went to the hockey stadium yesterday. Sat in the gallery and watched the match between Walton Dhaka and Rupayan City Comilla of Franchise Hockey League.
Thousands of visitors came to the opening match at the gallery. But then only the VIP gallery is filled with visitors. After the match yesterday, many spectators were busy taking pictures with Tushi.
Bangladesh Hockey Federation is trying to rekindle hockey craze in the country. Officials are taking various initiatives to bring back visitors to the field. Sometimes the band brings the team during the break in the middle of the match, sometimes the actors and actresses of the film are seen. There are various campaigns on television. In that sequence, Tushi, one of the goodwill ambassadors of this year’s franchise hockey league, came to the Maulana Bhasani Stadium.
Tushi was excited to come to the hockey field for the first time, saying, “Everyone likes cricket and football.” But hockey is also fun to watch. Even though I have been to the stadium before, I have never sat on the field and watched the game. For the first time sitting on the field and watching a hockey match, I feel very good.
During the break of the match, Tushi got into a fight with a hockey player with a hockey stick and ball. Ekfan gave the autographed ball to the player. Tushi said that he used to play cricket and basketball as a child. He naturally became excited when he came to the hockey stadium, “Everyone in my family is a sports fan.” My mother used to play badminton. I myself played sports as a child. I have a special attraction towards sports.
Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta have team in IPL in India. Abhishek Bachchan has bought a team in Pro Kabaddi. In Bangladesh, the personalities of the film industry can come forward in this way to improve the sport, Tushir said, ‘Shah Rukh Khan has a team in IPL in India. I see it very positively and that’s how it should be. If hockey or any sport can be done at the end of the day, why not? If a hockey star of our country can be established in the world sports arena, it is a great honor for us.
Walton Dhaka beat Rupayaan City Comilla 4-3 in today’s franchise league match. Ashraful Islam and Affendi Ali Surya scored two goals for the winning team. Kim Sung Yub scored 2 conversion goals. Sohanur Rahman scored 1 goal. This is Dhaka’s first win in the league. Comilla managed to score only 1 goal from 9 penalty corners.