Natun Sokal Desk : Mahfuza Akter Shila, who won two gold medals at the 2016 South Asian Games, is overwhelmed by the love and admiration of the people in Jessore, her hometown. Her parents and officials from the local administration received Shila on her arrival at Jessore Upashahar bus terminal on Thursday noon from Dhaka.
She was then taken to Jessore Circuit House where District Women Sports Association President Runa Laila treated her to sweats. Shila said at the event, “The prime minister has taken my responsibility. Nothing is bigger than that. The country has given me more honour than I have earned for it.”
Shila, whose family fought poverty and even sold a gold medal she had earlier bagged, won the 100-metre and 50-metre breaststroke at the South Asian Games. Jessore Palli Bidyut Samity (Rural Electricity Association) gave power connection to her house a day before she arrived home.
Jessore Deputy Commissioner Humayun Kabir said the medal which Shila’s family had sold would be given back to her at a reception she will be accorded on Friday. Shila said, “I never thought the people of Jessore will love me so much.”
She later started for her house at Abhaynagar from the circuit house. DC Kabir said the celebrated swimmer would be accorded receptions at Abhaynagar and Nowaparha. He told, “Mahfuza is a daughter not only of Jessore; she is a daughter of the entire country.”
The deputy commissioner said a new house would be built for the swimmer.