Maj Gen SM Salahuddin Islam has become the champion in the Sikder Group Independence Cup Golf Tournament 2020, scored 6 under par 66, at Kurmitola Golf club (KGC) in the capital on Friday.
Abdul Aziz Jorge became the runner-up in the competition with a score of 4 under par 68, while Korean golfer Kim Hee Soon has been ladies winner scoring 10 under par 62 in the golf tournament.
About 636 golfers including 584 male, 40 female and 12 junior golfers participated in total six categories in the 3-day long tournament.
Quartermaster General of Bangladesh Army Lieutenant General Md Shamsul Haque and Managing Director of the Sikder Group Ron Haque Sikder were present at the opening of the final day.
The Quartermaster General gave away the prizes among winners at a function at Banquet Hall of the Club House Building at KGC in the evening [8:30 pm].
Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Sikder Group SQ Islam Mohon, Vice President of KGC Major General Md Enayet Ullah, KGC Club Captain Brigadier General Tajul Islam Thakur, Chairman of KGC Tournament Committee Brigadier General Abidur Reza Khan (Retd) and Chief Executive Officer of KGC Brigadier General GSM Hamidur Rahman (Retd) were present at the function.
Besides, Advisor to Sikder Group Tournament Committee Farid Uddin Khan Rumy, General Manager of Golf Operations of KGC Lieutenant Colonel Md Abdul Bari (Retd), were also present during the ceremony.
Master Tasnim Karar became the junior winner among 12 participants in ‘Junior 9 Hole’ category of the tournament.
Besides, AF Nesaruddin won the Senior 18 category, Taslima Yousuf won the Ladies 9 Hole category, AFM Sarwar Kamal won the Veteran 9 Hole, and Col Mohammad Mohiuddin won the Senior 9 Hole of the tournament.
In addition, Mr Shadaab Iqbal Siddique won the Longest Drive prize hitting 291 yards while Col Md Nazmul Alam won the Nearest to Pin contest.
In Handicap categories, Maj Gen Mashud Razzaq became the champion of (0-15 Handicap) scored 4 under par 68 while Brig Gen AKM Akhtaruzzaman won 16-22 Handicap, Brig Gen Mohammad Selim won 13-21 Handicap and Brig Gen Mahbubul Haque won the 22-24 Handicap in the tournament.
A large numbers of participants, other members of the R&R Aviation Limited and high civil and military officials with their spouses attended the function.
The biggest country in South America has also been slowest in the region to impose restrictions on large gatherings at sporting events as the coronavirus continues to spread.
Unlike neighbouring countries that have announced tough measures since the beginning of the week, Brazil has been taking a more moderate approach.
As recently as Thursday night, more than 50,000 fans watched the Copa Libertadores group stage goalless clash between southern Brazilian teams Gremio and Internacional in Porto Alegre.
Matches of traditional state tournaments were played Friday night to a few thousand fans and will go on this weekend, with only some games in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to be played behind closed doors.
In comparison, many other tournaments in soccer-crazy South America were suspended, including in Colombia, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. Three countries decided to keep playing, but only behind closed doors nationwide: Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.
Brazil's two biggest cities - Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo - contain most of the country's 107 coronavirus cases registered so far. No deaths have been reported, but government officials say they expect the number of people affected to soar in the next couple of weeks.
If Brazil's health ministry had not recommended empty stadia in Sao Paulo and Rio this weekend, many fans would have attended the matches scheduled.
More than 40,000 had already bought tickets for two matches in Sao Paulo on Saturday, including a derby. Another 20,000 were set for a Rio state league clash between Copa Libertadores winners Flamengo and Portuguesa.
"As there is no order from the health ministry, the decisions are made by state governments," Brazil's health ministry said in a statement. "The ministry makes recommendations, but each state has its contingency plans and takes its decision accordingly with their panorama."
Other Brazilian soccer state bodies decided to play behind closed doors too, but some still insisted on allowing fans despite Friday's recommendations of health authorities that also suggested postponements and cancellations to all organizers of sporting events in the nation.
A far different scenario has unfolded in Uruguay, where discussions about suspending sporting events were already well advanced before the tiny country announced its first coronavirus case on Friday. Hours after the information was revealed, all soccer matches were suspended, even in youth divisions, and the country's basketball competition was set to stop on Saturday.
In Argentina, where two people already died because of the coronavirus, there are many loud voices calling for no soccer at all during the outbreak.
"This should be stopped. We can live with it, but how about people that need to work here every day? How can they do it?" asked Diego Maradona, now a coach at Gimnasia La Plata, in an interview with Fox Sports.
The calmness of some Brazilian authorities is not followed by some players. Vasco da Gama defender Leandro Castán criticized a statement of Rio Gov. Wilson Witzel, who said playing behind closed doors this weekend will be enough of a precaution because only players will be in danger.
"The risk is ours ... thanks for the respect with the athletes," Castán said.
South America soccer body CONMEBOL has already suspended the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana, which includes Brazilian clubs. It also had a request granted by FIFA to postpone the two opening rounds of the region's World Cup qualifiers.
Brazil has also been more moderate in other sports, such as mixed martial arts. An edition of UFC will be held Saturday night in capital Brasilia with no fans inside.
Even though the NBA has suspended its season, Brazil's basketball confederation believes it is enough to postpone the beginning of one of its two top leagues for a few weeks.
All matches of the country's top volleyball tournament will go ahead behind closed doors too. Volleyball is Brazil's second most popular sport and draws tens of thousands of fans to its best matches.
Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell's father, who works for the New York Mets, tested negative for the coronavirus.
Donovan Mitchell Sr. is the Mets' director of player relations and community outreach. The younger Mitchell confirmed Thursday he tested positive for the virus after Jazz teammate Rudy Gobert became the first NBA player to test positive, with Gobert's result prompting the league to suspend the season.
The elder Mitchell was tested Thursday and a negative result was received Friday night, the Mets said in a statement.
After learning of the Jazz situation Wednesday night, the Mets advised Mitchell Sr. not to report to the team facility Thursday morning. After finding out Thursday that Mitchell Jr. tested positive, the Mets' medical staff recommended his father be tested as a precaution.
Major League Baseball canceled the rest of the spring training schedule Thursday amid the novel coronavirus outbreak and postponed opening day by at least two weeks to no sooner than April 9.
MLB decided Friday to suspend spring training camps as well, and players were told they could remain at camp, report to their team's home city or go to their own home.
The Mets planned to make general manager Brodie Van Wagenen available to reporters on a conference call Saturday.
The 8th Sikder Group Independence Day Cup Golf Tournament 2020 ended at the Kurmitola Golf Club here on Friday.
Sikder Group & R&R Aviation Ltd, a concern of the group, organised three-day the international tournament on the occasion of the ‘Mujib Borsho’ to commemorate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said a press release.
Quarter Master General of Bangladesh Army Lt Gen Md Shamsul Haque and Sikder Group Managing Director Ron Haque Sikder formally inaugurated the tournament, which began on Wednesday, on Thursday.
Australian sports fans didn't really need a reminder about the coronavirus, but they got one anyway Friday when a number of major events Down Under were affected by concerns over the pandemic. And more are likely to follow.
As the Australian Formula One Grand Prix was being called off in Melbourne, Cricket Australia announced that three one-day international matches between Australia and New Zealand would be played in empty stadiums. The first of the three began Friday afternoon at the 48,000-seat Sydney Cricket Ground, where television announcers spoke of the "eerie" silence in the stadium devoid of fans.
Cricket Australia also announced that the women's national team's six-match tour to South Africa would be put off indefinitely.
The National Rugby League said weekend matches would ahead as schedule but the Australian Football League —Australian rules football — said it would hold its first-round matches next weekend in empty stadiums.
The National Basketball League is in its finals series between the Sydney Kings and Perth Wildcats, but will play the matches with no spectators. The national soccer federation said the domestic A-League would continue with its matches.
The organizing group for Super Rugby — which involves club teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and Argentina — said a match on Saturday between the Jaguares and New Zealand's Highlanders would be held in an empty stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Australia's chief medical officer Brendan Murphy made a recommendation to federal and state governments to limit gatherings to fewer than 500 people. Later in the day, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison took Murphy's advice, announcing that all non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people will be discouraged beginning Monday.
That would certainly result in a suspension of most sports in Australia. They would join the NBA, NHL, elite soccer leagues in Europe, global tennis tournaments, the PGA and LPGA golf tours and Major League Baseball in sports already suspended because of the pandemic.
Later Friday, Swimming Australia said its national championships in April, which would act as a qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics, had been canceled. Australian media said it was the first time since World War II that the titles had not been held.
Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts said the decision to play games without any spectators was common sense "in the face of an unprecedented public health issue."
There have been more than 128,000 cases and 4,700 deaths globally since the virus outbreak started in China late last year.
Most people quickly recover from the virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks.