3000 athletes to feature in 72nd Punjab Games

3000 athletes to feature in 72nd Punjab Games

LAHORE: 72nd Punjab Games will kick off after eight years on April 3 at Nishtar Park Sports Complex in Lahore with around 3000 players featuring in the grand event; this was announced by Director General Sports Punjab Nadeem Sarwar and Punjab Olympic Association (PbOA) Secretary General Idris Haider Khawaja at a joint press conference at National Hockey Stadium on Thursday.

Director Admin Javed Chohan, Director Sports Hafeez Bhatti, Divisional Sports Officer Lahore Nadeem Qaiser, Chief Consultant SBP Shahid Faqeer Virk were also present in the press conference.

Addressing the press conference, DG Sports Punjab Nadeem Sarwar informed that 72nd Punjab Games will be a joint venture of Sports Board Punjab (SBP) and Punjab Olympic Association (PbOA). “All the sports associations of the province are on board with us for the holding of landmark Punjab Games”.

Highlighting the programme, Sarwar said the 72nd edition of Punjab Games will explode into action with the grand opening ceremony on April 3, 2019. “The participating squads from all nine divisions will reach Lahore on April 2 for full dress rehearsal of mega sports event,” he added.

Sarwar, who is also chairman of Punjab Games organizing committee, said the Punjab Games will be a great opportunity for talented players of the province to demonstrate their potential. “The sports culture will flourish in the province after the holding of such a major sports event”.

Answering a question, DG Sports Punjab Nadeem Sarwar told that the trials for the selection of different teams have started in all divisions. “The participating players of nine divisions have been given sufficient time for the preparation of grand Punjab Games,” he explained.

DG Sports Punjab Nadeem Sarwar revealed that around 3000 male and female players will take part in 30 games. “Male players will exhibit their skills in 21 games, female athletes in seven disciplines while special children will also be given chance to feature in two games. The logo, promo and slogan of Punjab Games will be unveiled shortly,” he elaborated.

PbOA Secretary General Idris Haider Khawaja, on this occasion, told the mediamen that Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar will be invited at the opening ceremony while Governor Punjab Ch Sarwar will be requested to grace the grand closing ceremony on April 6, 2019. Idris Haider Khawaja said handsome cash prizes are likely to be given to prominent performers in the upcoming event. He also thanked Director General Sports Punjab Nadeem Sarwar for extending every kind of cooperation for the holding of Punjab Games.

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