Sports play piv­otal role in de­vel­op­ment of na­tions

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS - SPORTS RE­PORTER

PE­SHAWAR—Sec­re­tary In­for­ma­tion Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Muham­mad Tahir Has­san Thurs­day said that for the mo­ti­va­tion of youth to­wards healthy ac­tiv­i­ties, sports should be given im­por­tance rather tak­ing it for granted.

He said this dur­ing a meet­ing with the seven mem­ber del­e­ga­tion of the Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Sports Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion which called on him at his of­fice here.

Sec­re­tary In­for­ma­tion KP Muham­mad Tahir Has­san said that na­tions de­vel­oped in all spheres of life only be­cause of a healthy and mo­ti­vated youth with a good brain and bet­ter phys­i­cal health.

He said presently 63 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion was that of youth and it was high time to mo­ti­vate them to­wards healthy ac­tiv­i­ties.

Tahir Has­sian said that the Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa gov­ern­ment for the first time in the his­tory has in­tro­duced the youth pol­icy that would go a long way in pro­mo­tion of sports ac­tiv­i­ties of the Prov­ince.

He also lauded the ef­forts made by Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the As­so­ci­a­tion of In­ter­na­tional Press Sports (AIPS) Asia Am­jad Aziz Ma­lik, who was also Pres­i­dent Pak­istan Sports Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion for es­tab­lish­ing an of­fice of the AIPS-Asia in Pe­shawar.

“It will go a long way as far as de­vel­op­ing a softer im­age of the prov­ince,” Tahir Has­san said. He as­sured that sports mag­a­zine pub­lish­ing with sports news, and sports ac­tiv­i­ties would be given a sep­a­rate sta­tus in or­der to sup­port them on the part of the gov­ern­ment.

He dis­closed that soon a plan would be chalked out with the help of AIPS Asia, Pak­istan Sports Writ­ers Fed­er­a­tion (PSWF) and KP Sports Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (KP SWA) to de­velop sports at lo­cal, pro­vin­cial, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els to setup a tar­get goal for the over­all de­vel­op­ment of sports.

He termed the idea of Na­tional Sports Con­fer­ence in Pe­shawar a right de­ci­sion in the right di­rec­tion.

The del­e­ga­tion was led by Chair­man KP SWA Ijaz Ah­mad and in­cluded Pres­i­dent Je­hanzeb Sid­dique, VPs Im­ran Yousafzai, Ehtisham Bashir, Sec­re­tary KP SWA Ar­shad Dar, Co­or­di­na­tor Az­mat Ul­lah and Trea­surer Sheraz Has­san.

The del­e­ga­tion ap­praised him about the forth­com­ing Na­tional Sports Con­fer­ence wherein sports jour­nal­ists from print and elec­tronic me­dia, promi­nent an­chors and jour­nal­ists from aboard would be part of the Con­fer­ence.

The del­e­ga­tion in­formed him that the con­fer­ence was aimed to project softer im­age of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa wherein jour­nal­ists from across the coun­try would par­tic­i­pate and de­liver their lec­tures about the pro­mo­tion of healthy sports ac­tiv­i­ties.

QUETTA: Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan Olympics As­so­ci­a­tion Lt Gen (Retd) Arif Has­san ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence at QPC.

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