LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Jehangir Khanzada on Monday stressed the need to support youths by all means to make this world a peaceful place.
“Youth is the most precious asset of the country and sports are the best field to train the youth towards this mission,” he added.
He said the Punjab government was providing best infrastructure and other related facilities to the players in the form of equipped play fields, cricket grounds, gymnasiums, tennis courts and swimming pools. “We have abundant enthusiastic and energetic youth to be exposed to sporting activities. Our youth have guts to win and positivity to face defeat honorably and constructively,” he added.
He expressed these views while addressing the ceremony of Queen’s Baton Relay-21st Commonwealth Games Gold Coast Australia in collaboration with Pakistan Olympics Association, at Hazoori Bagh here. Miss Margaret Thomas Australian High Commissioner in Pakistan, Lord Mayor Lahore Col. (Retd) Mubashir Javed and renowned players were also present on this occasion.
The Minister Sports said that Pakistan being a member of Commonwealth Nations upheld all programs of the commonwealth including sports. Pakistani Athletes had made a history in the Commonwealth Games by creating many new records and winning Gold Medals in 1950s & 1960s, he said and added, “With the requisite dedication of the sports organizations and the athletes, we will once again be able to achieve good results in the Gold Coast and Games to follow.”
Jahangir Khanzada said that the Pakistan Olympics Association
deserved special appreciation for making excellent arrangements
for QBR program in a befitting manner. “I am quite sure this
program will sufficiently showcase the soft image of Pakistan and Pakistanis as a peaceful nation”, he added.
Ms. Margaret Thomas while addressing on the occasion said that
steps and activities of Government of Punjab for promotion of sports activities in the province were worth appreciation. She assured some
future cooperation in this field.
The minister thanked all the honorable guests and appreciated
students of The City School on presentation of colorful program. He
also congratulated the students for being a part of 21st Common Wealth Games. He hoped, “With the cooperation, associations like Pakistan
Olympics and Common Wealth Games, we will soon overcome the fear of terrorism and once again populate our grounds successfully.”
The Provincial Minister appreciated the local players of Queen’s Baton Relay race and delivered them with prayers from the whole nation.
“The city of Lahore is known not only as the city of gardens and historical heritage but also a hub of sports in the country. I am sure our guests from Australia have had a comfortable stay here in Lahore and will enjoy the trip,” he concluded.