World rugby takes no­tice of Pak rugby achieve­ment

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS - SPORTS REPORTER

LAHORE—Pak­istan has been placed 10th in world rugby and third in Asia in “Get in to Rugby” pro­gram and the World Rugby has taken due no­tice of Pak­istan rugby’s achieve­ment and in­di­cated its in­ter­est to as­sist it in the fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the Sport through var­i­ous pro­grams in­clud­ing train­ing and ma­te­rial sup­port.

“It is a mat­ter of great pride for us that we are among the top ten rugby na­tions in 150 coun­tries this year in the num­ber of boys and girls that par­tic­i­pated in the GIR Pro­gram around the globe and in top three in Asia,” said Pres­i­dent, Pak­istan Rugby Union, Fawzi Khawaja while talk­ing to me­dia per­sons here on Monday.

The World Rugby Global Re­port pro­vides the sta­tis­tics re­gard­ing rugby ac­tiv­i­ties in Pak­istan ac­cord­ing to which over 570,375 par­tic­i­pants since Jan­uary 2016, 35% of the par­tic­i­pants are girls, 154 reg­is­tered unions, 117 ac­tive unions since Jan­uary 2016, 1,100 ac­tive locations, more than 11,375 trained per­son­nel de­liv­er­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties.

He said Pak­istan Rugby has been ac­tively en­gaged in de­vel­op­ment of the Sport at the grass root level. “It also has em­barked on an am­bi­tious ef­fort to in­duct trained coaches through its Train the Trainer Pro­gram. All Par­tic­i­pants are pro­vided World Rugby Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and to develop a path­way for th­ese Coaches,” he added. Pak­istan ranked 3rd in Asia be­hind China and Ja­pan who are also ac­tively en­gaged in the GIR Pro­gram.

“See­ing Pak rugby at rise the world rugby has in­di­cated an in­ter­est to as­sist it in the fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the Sport through var­i­ous pro­grams,” he as­serted.

To a ques­tion, Fawzi Khawaja said that he would be sat­is­fied with the Gov­ern­men­tal sup­port if they were to cre­ate an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for Rugby to be part of the School and Col­lege Boards Sports Events, rather than for the Fed­er­a­tion to ap­proach each ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion in­di­vid­u­ally.

“We are thank­ful to Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion for its in­ter­est in rugby and mak­ing it part of its an­nual Sports events,” said PRU Chief.

He con­tended for any Sport to flour­ish the nurs­ery is the ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and called for launch­ing col­lec­tive ef­forts to en­gage youth in this sport at early level.

Pak­istan Rugby is tar­get­ing young tal­ent from the age of 14 on­wards, pro­vid­ing train­ing and ar­rang­ing com­pe­ti­tions to groom the young­sters, he said.

Mean­while Sec­re­tary, Pak­istan Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion, Muham­mad Khalid Mah­mood said that it is re­ally heart­en­ing to ob­serve that Pak­istan Rugby is among the top ten per­form­ers world­wide in terms of the de­vel­op­ment as per World Rugby GIR Re­port. “This achieve­ment speaks of your ded­i­ca­tion and con­stants strug­gle to pro­mote the sport of Rugby in the coun­try and else­where,” he added.

The Pres­i­dent, POA, Lt. Gen. (R) Syed Arif Hasan and the en­tire Olympic Fam­ily of POA of­fer their hearti­est con­grat­u­la­tions on achiev­ing this rank­ing. Please keep it up for still higher and bet­ter plac­ing in the World, he main­tained.

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