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Athletes' commission formed

Sports Reporter

As per instructions of International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) has formed a six-member athletes' commission by naming former table tennis player Zobera Rahman Linu as its head.

The commission also includes former national footballer Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury, top golfer Siddiqur Rahman, sprinter Shirin Akter, SA Games gold medallist swimmer Mahfuza Akter Shila and SA Games gold medallist shooter Shakil Ahmed in the commission.

The commission had its first meeting at the BOA conference room yesterday. The commission will deal with things related to the athletes and recommend those to the BOA. As per principle of IOC athletes' commission, the national athletes' commission will also look after the interest of the athletes and seek help from international arbitrators in order to protect the interest of athletes if needed.  

Nike makes Moukoko a millionaire


Borussia Dortmund's 14-year-old prodigy Youssoufa Moukoko has signed a one-million-dollar sponsorship deal with Nike, according to a report in German tabloid Bild.

The young striker has been making waves in Dortmund's youth system, scoring 36 goals in 21 games for the Under-17 team this season.

His exploits have earned him a sponsorship deal which most teenagers could only dream of, Bild reported on Wednesday.

The German paper claimed that Moukoko had already received around a million euros ($1.1 million) for signing with Nike, and was in line to receive further premiums worth up to 10 million euros depending on how his career develops.

The extra premiums would only kick in if and when Moukoko makes his professional debut in the Bundesliga, Bild reported.          

Argentina and Colombia to host 2020 Copa America


The Copa America will be held in Argentina and Colombia, CONMEBOL announced on Tuesday, marking the first time in the tournament's modern era that it will be split between two countries.

South American football's governing body said in a statement that the competition's structure would also be rejigged, with two groups of six instead of the current format of three groups of four being used for this year's edition in Brazil.

The top four of each group will qualify for the quarterfinals.

"The new format provides a total of 38 games and gives fans the opportunity to attend at least five matches in a neighbouring country," the CONMEBOL statement said.

After the 2020 edition, the Copa America will be held every four years in order to have it played the same year as UEFA's European Championship.             

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