PRU to hold rugby event in Mul­tan

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LA­HORE—In­au­gu­ral PRU Rugby 7s cham­pi­onship will be played from May 7 at Mul­tan with coun­trys’ top notch ju­nior rugby play­ers tak­ing part. “In all seven teams from Pun­jab will ex­hibit their tal­ent in the two day ac­tiv­ity which is the first U16 tour­na­ment be­ing or­gan­ised in South­ern Pun­jab,” said , Pres­i­dent, Pakistan Rugby Union (PRU) , Fawzi Khawaja told APP here on Thurs­day.

He said the com­pe­ti­tion is a part of PRU de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme to ex­pand the span of its ac­tiv­i­ties in South­ern Pun­jab to mo­ti­vate the youth to take up rugby as a sport. “We have im­mense rugby tal­ent and that is why we are now fo­cus­ing south­ern Pun­jab to in­volve youth in rugby which is gain­ing rapid pop­u­lar­ity in the coun­try”, he added. PRU Chief said the par­tic­i­pat­ing teams in­clude La­hore, Faisal­abad, Mul­tan, Ve­hari, Kot Adu, Bhawalpur and Ha­roon abad.

“The play­ers of all the par­tic­i­pat­ing teams are giv­ing fi­nal touches to their prepa­ra­tions and we ex­pect thrilling matches in the event”, he said. “We have our women as well as boys un­der 16, and un­der 23 teams in South Pun­jab which strengthen our claim that rugby is a sport which is like by the basses, spe­cially by the youth “,he as­serted.

Fawzi Khawaja said PRU is lay­ing spe­cial em­pha­sis at grass root level to find new tal­ent and it is or­ga­niz­ing reg­u­lar youth com­pe­ti­tions through­out the coun­try on reg­u­lar ba­sis to broaden the base of the game.

“It is the re­sult of our hard work and solid ef­forts that to­day we have women rugby teams in Fata, KPK and Sindh too”, he said adding “U16 tour­na­ments are the nurs­eries to groom young tal­ent to from na­tional ju­nior teams and to have a reser­voir of play­ers “.

He said Sha­keel Ah­mad, head coach of PRU is a vi­tal sup­port to them as he is man­ag­ing dif­fer­ent age groups rugby de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes by im­part­ing lat­est coach­ing knowl­edge to the as­pir­ing play­ers.

Ab­dul Ma­lik of Mul­tan Rugby As­so­ci­a­tion Sec­re­tary will be tour­na­ment Direc­tor of the event and Sha­keel along with Syed Moz­zam Ali Shah will be the ob­servers.—APP

PE­SHAWAR:Ath­letes com­pete in wushu tour­na­ment dur­ing In­ter-Re­gional KP Un­der23 Games.

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