LAHORE: (Monday, December 11, 2017): National Sports Competition 2017 being jointly organized by Punjab University, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and The Educationist has begun here at PU New Campus gymnasium on Monday. Around 1000 players of 100 teams of universities, colleges and schools from different parts of Pakistan are participating in the event.
The five-day competitions include hockey, cricket, football, table tennis, volleyball, squash, rowing, basketball, badminton, swimming, athletics, tug-of-war, soft ball and kabaddi. The inaugural and flag march past ceremony of the competitions was held at gymnasium in which PU Director Sports Dr Zafar Iqbal Butt, Institute of Communication Studies Incharge Dr Noshina Saleem, Editor The Educationist Shabbir Sarwar, Deputy Director Sports Zubair Butt, Director External Relations & Joint Editor The Educationist AR Sajid, coaches, managers and a large number of players participated in the ceremony.
Addressing the ceremony, Dr Zafar Iqbal Butt said that our society lacked healthy sports opportunities but such competitions provided a platform to the players to show their potential. He expressed the hope that our youth would play important role to highlight positive image of the country through sports. In her address, Dr Noshina Saleem said that a large number of participants from remote areas of the country were giving a good message to show national unity. She said that sports were important part of our life and it was necessary to promote sports in our society for healthy mind and healthy body.
Mr Shabbir Sarwar said that sports could play role to eradicate culture of intolerance from our society because sports help players learn the art of winning and losing and losers do appreciate winners showing high level of tolerance. He thanked Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir and sports department for extending all-out support for organizing the event.
These competitions which would continue until December 15
AR Sajid said that organization of the event in December and large participation of students is a clear message for extremists that students are ready to face them. He also thanked Chairman HEC Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, PU VC Dr. Zafar Mueen Nasir, Director Sports HEC Faisal Butt, Chairman Physical Education & Director Sports PU Dr Zafar Iqbal Butt and Chairman Hall Council Dr Abid Hussain Ch. for their support to successfully organizing the competition.
Special Children are also taking part in these events
Earlier, players from Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Malakand, Bhakkar, Kot Sardar Muhammad Khan, Gujrat, Jhelum, Kasur, Islamabad, Pattoki, Sarai Alamgir, Kathala Chenab, and Kot Radha Kishan displayed their flags and presented their team delegations on the venue. Special children are also competing normal players in these competitions which would continue until December 15.