Virus hits sports fraternity hard
DOT Desk:  The worsening coronavirus situation of the country has impacted Bangladesh’s sports fraternity with a good number of sportspersons, organisers and sports journalists contracting the deadly virus and some even losing their lives, reports The New Age.
 Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, arguably the most popular sporting person of the country, was the most prominent name from sports who is currently battling with COVID-19, while staying at his residence in Mirpur Dhaka. Mashrafe, who is also a lawmaker from Narail-2 constituency, tested positive on June 20 and on the same day the news of national team’s left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam and former opener Nafees Iqbal’s testing positive for the virus also got out.
 Nazmul, who was active in humanitarian work for the past few months around Narayanganj area, tested positive along with his parents while Nafees, his mother Nusrat Iqbal, wife and children were found to be corona positive. Outside of cricket, top officials of other sporting bodies were also suffering from the pandemic. General secretary of Bangladesh Volleyball Federation and deputy general secretary of Bangladesh Olympic Association, Ashikur Rahman was admitted to a local hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 along with his daughter, confirmed BOA deputy general secretary Asaduzzaman Kohinoor. ‘His [Ashikur] physical condition is quite stable now. Initially his oxygen saturation level was dropping which was not a good sign, so he was admitted to a hospital. He is having mild fever but no other complications,’ Kohinur told New Age on Saturday.
 On Wednesday, Bangladesh Athletics Federation’s general secretary Abdur Rakib Montu was tested positive for the virus and he told New Age that he was currently is self-isolation. ‘I had given my samples for test on Tuesday after I had a fever and throat-ache for few days. The result came the next day and I was found to be COVID-19 positive,’ said Montu. ‘Even before I got my tests done, I was keeping myself in isolation. I am still isolating myself and taking medicines.’
Former national team footballer and Bangladesh Football Federation youth level coach Nurul Haque Manik, who died on June 14 due to brain hemorrhage, was later found to be COVID-19 positive, confirmed his longtime friend and colleague KM Zabid Hossain.
‘Manik was suffering from fever and breathing problems, so he gave his samples for test but the very next day he died and the result came the day after which showed that he was COVID-19 positive.’
Karate coach Humayun Kabir breathed his last on May 26, with symptoms of coronavirus infection.
However, some have also won their fight against the deadly virus like Bangladesh Cricket Board director Shafiul Alam and general secretary of Bangladesh Gymnastics Federation Ahmedur Rahman.
A good number of sports journalists were also infected by COVID-19 with some of them have already recovered and some still under treatment.
The only casualty so far was former sports journalist and senior sub-editor of Daily Somoyer Alo Mahmudul Hakim Apu, who died of COVID-19 symptoms on May 6.