23rd All Pakistan Paralympic Games begin at Abbottabad
PESHAWAR—The 23rd edition of the All Pakistan Paralympic Games under the aegis of Directorate of Khyber Pakthunkhwa got under way amidst great fun and enthusiasm with persons with disability from all across Pakistan.
Member Provincial Assembly and Focal Person of the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shoukat Yousafzai, Chairperson Special Olympic Pakistan Miss Ronak Lakani, Director Openeration Khyber Pakhtukhwa Tariq Mehmood, Organizing Secretaries Mir Bashar Khan, Syed Saqlain Shah, Director Sports Board of Intermediate and Secretary Education (BISE) Abbottabad Sardar Shakeel Khan, Provincial Coordinator Person with Disability Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Miss Komal Khan, players, officials and large number of spectators were also present during the colorful opening ceremony held at Hockey Sports Complex.
The ceremony was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran by Hafiz Hamza Anbwar, followed by Hafiz Dania and a melodious national anthem by the kids of Kingston School for Special Education Abbottabad.
The kids of the same school presented national anthem and the team March Past. The March Past contingents led by Farzana Bibi with holding National flag, who represented Pakistan in the Paralympic Olympic Games by winning gold medal. Farzana Bibi is hailing from Abbottabad and when she crossed through the fence the sitting spectators given a standing ovation with cheering and thundering applauses.
Two athletes Wajid Khan and Farzana Bibi also got oath on behalf of the players and soon after balloons, pigeion and banners inscribes with different sports slogans were also released with the help of balloons.
The matcher contingents included Kingston school for inclusive education, Abbottabad, mansehra, Rize School of Special Education, Sam Special, Syed Special School, Syed Ahmad Shaheed Special Education, Light House Special, from Peshawar, Multan, Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad are taking part in Basketball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Cricket (Standing), Blind Cricket, athletics with 100m Lower Portion, Upper Portion, Crouches, Braces wheel chair, standing, powerlifting, standing table tennis, badminton, posing bodybuilding, gymnastic and Duck Race.
On the opening day in the lower portion race of 100m, won by Farhan Ali of Bannu won, followed by Huzran of Bannu and Zain of Peshawar, in the Under-16 upper portion Sohail got first, followed by Imtiaz and Sajid of Razi Sports, in the 100m above category Farhan got first position, followed Muhammad Nasir and Rana Asif. In the 50m crouches Sabir took first position, followed by Haqdar Ali and Rana Asif, in the 50m Braces races Shah Dawood won first, followed by Nisar and Ahsan.
In his welcome address Tariq Mehmood highlighted the aim and objective of holding the event wherein players from different part of the country taking part. He said like games for normal persons, the Directorate organized these games for the person with disability.
In his speech, Shoukat Yousafzai assured that the present government is very keen to have sports activities for all youth including players with disability. He said government has taken special initiative for providing due facilities to the players all across the province.
He also lauded the efforts being taken by the Directorate of Sports for involving special people. He said the government will also ensure for the implementation of quota for the disable in the government jobs.—APP