PRU to hold rugby event in Multan
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
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