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Dhaka Daily Star 2003 Article

ARTICLE TITLE: "Rollermania Hits Dhaka"
DATE PUBLISHED: July 2, 2003
PUBLICATION: Dhaka Daily Star Newspaper

Young boys and girls clad in skin-tight sporting outfits, bright helmets and with wheels at their feet, hit the road on Manik Mia Avenue last Friday. Colourful sporting outfits and sunglasses created quite a novel scene for the spectators present. They were witnessing the Friendship Roller Skating Meet 2003, the first of its kind in Bangladesh.

Organised by the Roller Skating Club of Dhaka, the competition involved 66 skaters from Bangladesh and India -- four teams of 40 Bangladeshi skaters and three Indian teams of 26 skaters.

Though roller-skating has yet to become popular in Bangladesh and facilities are very limited, a large audience was drawn to the daylong event, comprising 26 categories of races for different age groups. Unfortunately, due to rain on Friday, many of the evening events had to be cancelled.

"Despite poor skating facilities in Dhaka, the Friendship Roller Skating Club organised the special meet on its own initiative. We don't have even any areas for skating, let alone the bent tracks which is mandatory for the game. We request the government to provide us a skating track with facilities commensurate with international standards," said Lutfar Rahman, general secretary of the club's Dhaka division.

"If we can make the game popular here then we can produce very good athletes for the country because a lot of physical techniques are associated with it," said Lutfar Rahman.

"The Bangladesh Roller Skating Federation was formed in 1995. But its activities are not that visible owing to lack of funds," said an organiser of this meet.

Indian participants dominated almost every race of the meet. Masum, was the only Bangladeshi skater to attract attention not only from the local audience but also from the Indian participants too. "Masum is the best among the Bangladeshi skaters; he is the only one who showed real aptitude in competing with us," said an Indian participant.

Gurpreet Singh Puri, Manager of India Team lauded the effort of the Roller Skating Club of Dhaka for organising the meet. "In order to expand the sport across the country, you should encourage its practice in schools. Only after that, can it become popular. In India, skating competitions are held from the school to the national level. That's why Indian skating is coming up," said Puri.

Article repinted here with permission from the Dhaka Daily Star Newspaper

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