ISLAMABAD: The second Inter-provincial Quaid-i-Azam Games springs into action from Monday with over 3700 athletes from eight different units gearing up to vie for honour and cash during next five days at different sporting venues of the capital.
Director General Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera who briefed media on salient features of the Youth Games revealed that all arrangements were in order to hold the opening ceremony of the event at Liaquat Gymnasium on Monday evening.
“The stage is set to host the Games starting with the opening ceremony on Monday. Earlier, we have big plans for the opening ceremony but due to financial constraint, we are organizing it with lesser budget. Only Rs four millions are to be spent on the opening ceremony with good amount to be given to concert organizers and other entertainment during the two and half hour ceremony,” the DG PSB who is also organizing secretary of the mega event said.
Players from Punjab, KPK, Sindh, Balochistan, Fata, Gilgit and Baltistan, AJK and Islamabad are to compete in the event. The athletes and officials who are turning in numbers have already been settled in hotels in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. “ We have provided every athlete and official turning up in numbers with good hotel accommodation and traveling facilities from hotels to venue and back. All these athletes have also been given travelling expenses starting from Rs 4000 per player.” These athletes and officials would also be given Rs 800 per day per person for their lunch and dinner. “The decision has been taken to give players and officials luxury to eat the food of their choice.”
The PSB Director General also confirmed that all the gold medal winners would be awarded Rs 10000 for winning gold, Rs 7000 for winning silver and Rs 5000 for winning bronze in each category. In all 578 gold medals would be awarded during the Games.”
Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera praised government agencies, armed forces for helping out organizers in chalking up comprehensive security plan for Games. “Every effort has been made to keep tight check in hotels and venues to make sure that Games go ahead according to plan. For the purpose government agencies and Army have already chalked up comprehensive plans. We also have got all support and backing from the CDA and other government departments to ensure Games success.”
“I hope that Games starting from Monday would turn out to be yet another success. We have been ensured cooperation and support by all stakeholders in making the Games a real success,” Dr Akhtar Nawaz said.
He said that basic objective of the project was to create conducive environment for promoting national harmony by engaging the youth in healthier activities. “It will foster positive thinking, peace, nation building and festivity. Other objectives of the project are to explore new talent in sports for grooming for national teams.
There is a need to revive interest in sports among the general public and to create sports culture in country and to promote national health and raise national fitness level.” He further elaborated that basic objective of Games is to create national harmony amongst the youth and also to provide entertainment and festivity to the people at national level. During briefing Dr Ganjera was also accompanied by Punjab, KP, Sindh, AJK and Balochistan sports board officials.