PESHAWAR: Directorate General of Sports and Youth Affairs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has decided to hold Pakistan’s first international marathon race carrying, a prize money of 200,000 US $, will be organized in December this year.
Talking to reporter, DG Junaid Khan said that it will be the first marathon of the Pakistan’s history of awarded such handsome cash prizes.
He said the winner of the international athlete category of 42 and half kilometer marathon race will be awarded 100,000 US $ for first position, 50,000 US $ for second position and 25000 US $ for third position besides 15000 US $ each from 4th to 10th position and 1000 US $ each for 10th to 20th position respectively.
He said besides the international category open for all, a 10km marathon race will be purely organized for the athletes of KP and FATA. The winner of that Race will be awarded Rs. 10,000 US $, second position will get 700 US $ and third position will be awarded 500 US $. Till 10th position each of the competitors will get 300 US $.
He said in this connection a three members committee headed by Director Operation Syed Saqlain Shah, Director Development Niamat Ullah Marwat and international athletic coach Syed Jaffar Shah held a meeting with the President of the Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) Maj. Gen.
(Retd) M. Akram Sahi at Lahore to finalize ways and means for the international marathon.
He said President of AFP Akram Sahi, accompanied with President Punjab Athletic Association Salman Butt, fully assured that the AFP would extend all-out cooperation with the Directorate of Sports KP for organizing this historical marathon race. He said the objective of holding this race is to highlight the brighter and softer image of Pakistan to the rest of the world.
He said Corps Commander Peshawar has also assured that foolproof security would be provided to the athletes coming from more than 40 countries of the world for this international marathon race.
About the route of the marathon, Junaid Khan said that it might be from District Nowshera to provincial capital Peshawar but so far the AFP is looking after all technical aspects of the marathon.
He said in this connection, President of AFP Maj Gen (Retd) Akram Sahi also met with the Chief Secretary, Additional Secretary Sports Tahir Khan, Deputy Secretary Sports Adil Shah, Director Youth Asfandiyar Khan Khattak, Director Sports (Female) Rashida Ghaznavi Peshawar and discussed
in detail about the international marathon race.
He said General Akram Sahi also assured that all Technical Officials (TOs) will be provided by Athletics Federation of Pakistan. He said preparations in this connection have already been started and along with
the International Marathon, they are going to organize a grand Youth Carnival with Liaison Corporation (LC) wherein 25000 youth from all across the country will take part.
To provide ample opportunities to youth, the Youth Directorate under the guidance of Director Youth Asfandiyar Khan Khattak organized a two-day seminar on “Climate Mitigation through Youth” to provide awareness about climate change.
He said that climate change is one of the most critical global challenges of our times. Recent event has emphatically demonstrated our growing vulnerability to climate change as climate change impacts range from affecting agriculture, further endangering food security, to sea-level rise and the accelerated erosion of coastal zones increasing the intensity of natural disasters, species extinction, and spread of vector-borne diseases, he added.
He said, this issue is of immense importance for every global citizen, hence it requires an initiative against it globally. He said, Youth play a crucial role in combating climate change so we are also focusing on that during International Marathon Race and Youth Carnival.