Serbian coach Lazar Gojkovic praises Pakistan people, atmosphere

LAHORE: Director Sports Mohammad Anees Sheikh said Pakistan has plenty of talent in every sports including basketball and discovering fresh potential has always been a priority for Sports Board Punjab, he expressed these views while addressing a press conference arranged by Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBF) regarding 6-day International Basketball Professional Training Camp at National Hockey Stadium on Wednesday.

The press conference was attended by Khalid Bashir, Secretary General PBF, Maudood Jaffery Associate Secretary (PBF), international basketball coaches from Serbia Mr Zoran Trivan and Mr Lazar Gojkovic, Miss Joe, Mohammad Saleem, Nadeem Sohail besides a large number of sports journalists.

PBF’s 6-day International Basketball Professional Training Camp is being organized from Oct 17 to 22 under the aegis of Sports Board Punjab and with the collaboration of PEAK and Starlet Shoes at Nishtar Park Sports Complex Gymnasium Hall.

Director Sports Mohammad Anees Sheikh said Sports Board Punjab has been making wonderful efforts to promote and support Olympic sports in the province. “Lahore is blessed with exceptional basketball talent and PBF’s camp will play a vital role in polishing young talented players,” he added.

Elaborating his point Anees Sheikh further said: “Our local coaches will also learn modern training skills from renowned Serbian coaches during the basketball camp and then they will be in a better position to impart training local players as per international requirements”.

Answering a question, Serbian basketball coach Lazar Gojkovic praised the peaceful people and atmosphere of Pakistan. He expressed his satisfaction about his stay in Pakistan. “The craze of Pakistan players in basketball is wonderful,” he opined.

Khalid Bashir, Secretary General PBF thanked Director General Sports Punjab Mohammad Aamir Jan for extending every facility for the holding of 6-day International Basketball Professional Training Camp at Nishtar Park Sports Complex Gymnasium Hall.

He further informed that the International Basketball Professional Training Camp will be held every year in Pakistan. “Two talented players (one male and one female) will be selected from the camp trainees and then they will be sent to Serbia for international level training,” he revealed.