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Mahbub Sarkar

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  • Sun, 31 Dec 23
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Buffoonery of Argentina-Brazil supporters: Past and present
Buffoonery of Argentina-Brazil supporters Past and present

Sports

Thu, 11 Jul 24

Buffoonery of Argentina-Brazil supporters: Past and present

Uruguay's recent style of football raised fears and apprehensions among Brazilian fans ahead of their Copa America quarter-final match. Ultimately, these fears materialized when 15-time champions Uruguay defeated Brazil in a penalty shootout, knocking them out before the semi-finals. The match, held in Las Vegas, created ripples as far as Dhaka.

Why sports journalists struggle to reach media's top tier
Why sports journalists struggle to reach media's top tier

Sports

Tue, 2 Jul 24

Why sports journalists struggle to reach media's top tier

In a conversation in 2007, I heard Shafik Rehman say, "Many of you may not know, but I was once a sports journalist." The former editor of Jaijaidin newspaper had a chapter in sports journalism that I hadn't learned much about. It is known that in Bangladesh, there aren't many examples of rising from sports journalism to the top tier of the media industry. Mustafa Mamun, the editor of Desh Rupantor, was once a prominent sports journalist. Similarly, it has been noted at times that Matiur Rahman, the editor of Manabzamin, also had a background in sports journalism. Whether there are still any examples of people climbing the ladder from sports journalism to the highest level in the media today is unclear. On the occasion of World Sports Journalists Day, efforts were made to understand why the rate of advancement from sports journalism to the top tier of the media is lower compared to sub-editors or specialized reporters in other fields.

Expectations and outcomes are not aligning in cricket
Expectations and outcomes are not aligning in cricket

Sports

Wed, 19 Jun 24

Expectations and outcomes are not aligning in cricket

Mahmudullah got caught by Aiden Markram at the boundary while attempting to hit a six off Keshav Maharaj's full-toss delivery. At that point, the match seemed 'clinically dead'. However, there are many instances where teams have come back from such a state. Bangladesh could have come back if Taskin Ahmed had managed to hit a six off Maharaj's full-toss, but he couldn't, and neither could Bangladesh.

Another blow from FIFA to Bangladesh football
Another blow from FIFA to Bangladesh football.

Sports

Sat, 25 May 24

Another blow from FIFA to Bangladesh football

The reign of mismanagement by Abu Nayeem Shohag within the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has long been suspected, with accusations not escaping the notice of top officials. Efforts to dismiss these allegations have now been proven futile by a report published by FIFA on Thursday, May 23rd.

Rural games are in the book, not in the field
Rural games are in the book, not in the field

Art and Culture

Mon, 15 Apr 24

Rural games are in the book, not in the field

The proverb "Kazir goru ketabe ache, gowale nei." (Kazi’s cow is in the book, but not in the cowshed) holds entirely true in the realm of rural sports in the country. It means that what you may find written in books may not actually exist in reality.

Titles increasing in chess, not quality
Titles increasing in chess, not quality

Sports

Thu, 29 Feb 24

Titles increasing in chess, not quality

Election manipulation is considered one of the primary prerequisites for securing a position in the country's sports federations. After winning elections, the responsibility falls on the National Sports Council (NSC) and the Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) to deal with accountability issues. In most cases, federations seek shortcuts to prove their eligibility, undermining the long-term planning for sports development, which becomes optional. This trend is prevalent in the majority of the over fifty sports federations in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Judo Federation is no exception. Political influence seems to play a role in climbing the federation's ladder, further pushing sports into the background. An attempt has been made to highlight the details of Bangladesh chess through this report.