The Bangladesh Roller Skating Federation (BRSF), with financial assistance from Orion Group, is building a roller sports stadium in Bhaluka of Mymensingh.
The stadium will be built on around 10 acres of land with residential facilities for 100 players. The stadium will have a 200-metre banked track, a roll-ball ground, a roller hockey field and a 350-metre road-track.
The foundation stone for the stadium, named Orion International Roller Sports Stadium, was laid on Saturday at a ceremony in the presence of chief coordinator of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and Bangladesh Roller Skating Federation (BRSF) president Abul Kalam Azad.
The stadium is expected to be completed by September this year and to host a world open speed roller skating championship in November, which is expected to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“This is a happy occasion. Through this day, BRSF will get a multi-purpose roller skating stadium,” said Abul Kalam Azad at the ceremony, which was chaired by Orion Group's managing director and BRSF's senior vice-president Salman Obaedul Karim.
Thanking Orion Group for its support, Azad noted that the country's other corporate houses should also come forward in developing sports.
“Tokyo will host the next Olympic Games in 2020. We aim at winning medals in the roller skating category during the event,” said Salman, adding that that Orion Group has made a lot of plans for the development of BRSF.
The secretary for Youth and Sports Asadul Islam, secretary of National Sports Council Masud Karim, BSRF's general secretary Ahmed Asiful Hasan and others were present at the ceremony.