PESHAWAR: Around 35,000 youth would participate in the trials for the 3rd edition of the forthcoming Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inter-Regional Under-23 Games.
Sharing details of the Under-23 Games with reporters at the Peshawar Sports Complex here, Director General (DG) Directorate of Sports Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Junaid Khan said that open trials would be conducted at the divisional level after January 15.
He added that the logo of the Games would be unveiled in the separate ceremonies to be organised at all the seven regional headquarters including Peshawar, Mardan, Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu, Kohat, Hazara and Malakand.
Junaid said that a total of 35,000 youth from across the province would be involved in the trials, out of which 11,500 youth would be shortlisted wherein 8,000 would participate at the divisional while 3,500 in the final round of the Games.
Sports’ competitions involving male athletes include football, hockey, basketball, volleyball, squash, badminton, table tennis, tennis, athletics, gymnastics, judo, karate, wrestling, kabaddi, tug-of-war, taekwondo, cycling, handball, snooker, wushu, boxing, archery, mui-thai, weightlifting and full-contact karate.
Female athletes will take part in cricket, hockey, basketball, volleyball, netball, squash, badminton, table tennis, athletics, baseball, judo, taekwondo, handball and wushu.He said that six new sports disciplines for males including wushu, boxing, archery, mui-thai, weightlifting, full body contact karate while for females taekwondo, wushu, tennis and rounder had been included in the divisional level competitions of the event.
Junaid said that preparations for holding the event were in final stages, adding that Rs183 million were allocated for the Games in which Rs60 million would be spent on provision of sports gear to the players and Rs6 million for organising Special Games for Paralympic athletes.
He said the directorate was committed to support and sponsor the talented youth, adding that winners of the two previous editions of the Under-23 Games had been given the opportunity to represent the province at various national level competitions.
The DG said the directorate would also give cash awards and other commending certificates to KP players who won medals in the recently concluded Quaid-i-Azam Games.“Gold medallists would be given Rs30,000, silver medallists Rs20,000 while bronze medallists will bag Rs10,000 cash awards,” he added.