LAHORE: The sporting activities at the Punjab Youth Festival are continuing in full swing throughout the province as on the fourth day, around 127,000 participants exhibited their prowess in various events and 34,000 turned out to be lucky ones.
The Provincial Minister for Sports, Education and Youth Affairs Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan said that the PYF would be made the biggest event of the world which was the vision of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif.
Inaugurating the matches of cricket, tug of war, volleyball and arm-wrestling between UC 92 and 93, Mashhood said the participation in the PYF was more than expectation. “One can expect the greater participation as compared to the last year’s as the response by the youth is really commendable.”
He said the participation in the festival was more than 1.2 million as yet which had broken previous year record “In the first phase, we made the youth to come to the grounds and, it will be made state-of-the-art in the next phase and a better image of the country will be shown to the world through PYF 2014.”
In 22 UCs of Shalimar Town, 347 appeared in competitions like athletics, badminton, billiards and cricket tape ball while 132 returned home joyous. In badminton, Ubaidullah secured first while and Tariq was second. In billiard, Kh Umar was winner as he moved past Ali Raza.Umair turned out to be the fastest athlete of Shalimar Town Lahore during the competition. In six UCs of Iqbal Town, 276 took part in various events and among them, 53 grabbed the title. In a cricket event, Mudassar XI beat Basheer XI. In 16 UCs of Nishtar Town, 346 players showed their skills in different events but 143 were better of them all. In billiard, Shahid Ali beat Yawar Ali to lift the title. In cricket match, Nafees XI were victorious. The 23 UCs of Ravi Town saw participation of 650 players and 137 were the winners. In 23 UCs of Samanabad, out of 723 players, 139 returned home with titles. Abrar Hussain XI won the cricket match. In 24 UCs of Data GunjBakhsh, 735 players participated in various activities and 148 proved their mettle. In 20 UCs of Gulberg Town, 638 players were seen in action and 82 were emerged victorious. Tanveer XI won the cricket match. Aziz Bhatti Town earned the honour of the most participated area where 3,369 players of 23 UCs amused the spectators with their sporting abilities but just 51 went ahead of them all.
In one UC of Wahga Town, three were successful out 300 participants. In Sheikhupura District of Lahore Division, 4,416 players from 190 UCs took part in various events and 562 were declared winners. Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalnagar and MandiYazman Districts of Bahawalpur Division saw 11,939 players of 640 UCs taking part in team and individual events and 4,321 took their titles. Jhelum and Chakwal Districts of Rawalpindi Division involved 303 UCs and their 1,443 players out of 6328 were victorious.
Khanewal and Multan City of Multan Division had involvement of 396 UCs and 4,318 players were participating and among them, 1785 were declared victorious. From 415 UCs of Vehari, 4,738 players appeared in different events and 1,560 returned home as title winners.
Meanwhile, fun and entertainment prevailed among the participants of the fun race which was held at Aziz Bhatti Town.
Around 3,000 athletes of different UCs of the area took to the roads to show awareness for the development of sports culture in the province. MPA Mian Naseer was chief guest on the occasion. The race started from Mughalpura and ended at Lalpul on Canal Road which saw people of all walks of life taking part in it. Malik Murtaza was the front runner, M Qamar stood second and M Shahbaz was third.
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