The dormitory of the Sultana Kamal Women's Complex in Dhanmondi has been transformed into a virtual women's hostel as some 14 former athletes, including swimmer Dolly Akter, cricketers Nishat, Champa Chakma, Shipra and table tennis player Rahima, have been staying there day after day by exploiting a clause of the dormitory allotment policy of the National Sports Council (NSC).
As per clause 15 under the policy of hostel usage, a sportsperson individually may use the room at the dormitory for a maximum of seven days with the advance payment of government charges, but those athletes no longer tied to their sport have been using the dormitory for a long time while refusing to comply with any rules.
There have been allegations that these former athletes have flouted the rules by using different electronic devices in their respective rooms and returning to the dormitory after the designated curfew.
The matter came into light when Mohammedan women cricketers on Monday went to stay there ahead of the women's cricket league and some 16 women cricketers were put up in a single room because of room shortage as those former athletes -- who now work at different organisations and schools -- have been staying there for a long time.
Ayesha Begum, administrator of Women's Complex, admitted the fact to reporters and said that those athletes have been renting dormitory rooms and they cannot accommodate other current athletes due to unavailability of rooms.
NSC secretary Sibnath Roy however said that they are going to follow the NSC policy strictly and force them to leave the dormitory and solve the problem immediately.
Not only the dormitory of the Women's Complex, some sports organisers have also occupied four rooms at the old building of the NSC over the last three years while a badminton official has been in a room at the Maulna Bhasani Hockey Stadium for the last 10 years, taking up the space for the athletes, but the NSC officials have taken no action regarding this.