LAHORE: A record participation of 105,000 (0.15 million) players was witnessed in various competitions of the Punjab Youth Festival’s second phase at union council level on day two throughout the province here on Monday.
A larger number of players participated in nine towns of Lahore in which 48,000 were declared winners.
Chief guest MPA Mian Marghoob Ahmad inaugurated union council level events in Samanabad Town and also participated in arm-wrestling competition. Talking to media, he said: “The way Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Mian Hamza Shahbaz Sharif and Provincial Minister for Sports, Rana Mashhood are organising the PYF is really commendable and this festival will provide the youth healthy activities to groom them well”
In 29 union councils of Samanabad, 374 players took part in various activities and 165 earned honours. Asfand beat Naveed in badminton event while Haris Butt and Rameez took first and second positions respectively in weightlifting events. In seven union councils of Gulberg Town, 231 players participated and 65 among them were victorious. Waqar Ali and Asadur Rehman won athletics event while Nafees XI and Habib XI won the cricket tape ball event.
In two union councils of Iqbal Town, 28 were winners out of 112 participants. Mateen XI took the first position beat Zohaib XI.
In 17 union councils of Nishter Town, 147 among 300 participants were victorious. Ayub Mughal won the 200 metre race while Ijaz XI and Naeem XI won in cricket tape ball events. In 24 union councils of Ravi Town, 382 among 2399 were winners in different events. In cricket tape ball match, Fiaz XI beat Mudassar XI while in football match,
Umar XI edged out Fayyaz XI.
In 29 union councils of Data Gunj Bakhsh Town, 644 players took part in various events and 206 were adjudged winners. Haider Ali took first and Usman got second in arm-wrestling events while Anjum XI clinched cricket event.
In 20 union councils of Shalimar Town, 107 players out 314 returned home joyous. Mudassar Ali took first and Ahmad Ali earned second position in weightlifting competitions. Hanif XI won cricket event while Nafees XI beat Ramiz XI in tug of war event. In 10 union councils of Aziz Bhatti Town, 60 out of 294 players were title winners. Waqas edged out Fayyaz Ali in badminton event while Majid Khan XI beat Habib XI in cricket event. In 15 Union councils of Wahga Town, 63 players were winners among 326.
Akmal Khan won the arm-wrestling title and Gulzar Ali got second position while Tabish Ali clinched bodybuilding title and Amjad was second. In weightlifting, Malik Haris took first and Younus earned second position.
In 133 union councils of Toba Tek Singh, 3781 players participated in different events and among them, 2224 were declared winners. In 56 union councils of District Jhang, out of 2952 players, 448 were victorious.
In 4956 union councils of Muzafargarh, Kot Addu and Rajanpur Districts of DG Khan Division, 10,916 took part in various events and 2098 were winners.
In 48 union councils of Sargodha Division, among 555 players, 32 were victorious.
In 57 union councils of Vehari District, 482 players were seen in action and 171 won different events. In 96 union councils of District Gujrat, out of 2672 participants, 772 returned home joyous.
In 70 union councils of District Mandi Bahauddin, among 2136, 443 were title winners. In 614 union councils of District Sialkot, 7087 took part in various events and among them 3481 earned honours. In 126 union councils of Multan Davison, 910 were winners out of 1996. In 21 union councils of District Jhelum, out of 484 participants, 193 were successful.
In 68 union councils of District Attock, 440 players actively appeared in different competitions and 89 were successful among them.
The PYF universities level events will be held on February 9 to 16 in which 25 private and 14 public universities will take part. Focal person of these events is Nida Sarwar who said that the details of these competitions will be disclosed in the meeting to be held under the chair of HEC Deputy Secretary Irtaza Naqvi here at the National Hockey Stadium in which representatives of all the universities will be present.
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