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GSCT Carrom Cup marks Bangladeshi anniversary

Muhi Mikdad

THE GOLAPGANJ Social and Cultural Trust UK (GSCT) organised the Cup Carrom Tournament 2021 to mark the Golden Jubilee of the great independence of Bangladesh. It was a great initiative, taken for the first time by this organisation.

The inaugural ceremony took place on 12th December 2021, in the presence of chief guest and Apsana Begum MP. The programme was presided over by the acting Chair of the organisation, Showkot Ali; Secretary Delwar Hussain; Treasurer Masud Ahmed Juarde; Cllr Faruk Mahfuz Ahmed, GSCT board member and former Chair of Gulapgonj Helping Hands UK.

Chief Election Commissioner Lukman Uddin; CEG UK Carrom Association President Shelim Uddin Chaklader; and GSCT Vice-President Rahim Uddin joined Secretary Misbah Masum; Sports Secretary Kamruzzaman Chaklader; and founder members of the organisation Azizuz Samad and Abdul Bari Nasir.

At the opening of the ceremony the Qu’ran was recited by Abdul Hannan. The speeches of welcome were given by Sports Secretary  Kamruzzaman Chaklader, Joint Secretary, Misbah Masum; Joint Treasurer, Kawser Ahmed Joglu; Organising Secretary, Fokhrul Islam; Cultural Secretary Kamal Uddin; Membership Secretary, Amzad Hussain and Ali Amzad Chowdhury Husssin. The GSCT was joined by the chief guest Apsana Begum MP. She gave a wonderful speech and expressed her high regard for the initiative of the sport.

The tournament final was completed on Thursday, 16th December in the local community hall. The chief guest on that occasion was Cllr Ahbab Hussain, Speaker of Tower Hamlets Council, with Cllr Shah Suhel Amin; the GSCT Acting Chair, Showkot Ali; Secretary Delwar Hussain; and many other distinguished guests.

Twenty-two teams competed in the tournament. Four teams came through to the final stage: Nozrul Islam and Kawser Ahmed vs Mohin and Hassan. The winning team was Nozrul Islam and Kawser Ahmed, with Mohin and Hassan being the runners-up.

The winners’ prize money was £500, and they were presented with a trophy by the chief guests. There were many distinguished speakers. It was a wonderful evening, ending with beautiful inspirational speeches.

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