Lahore, November 23, 2022 (PPI-OT):Director General Sports Punjab Muhammad Tariq Qureshi inaugurated Sports Board Punjab’s first ever Athletics Academy at Punjab Stadium on Friday.
Additional Secretary Sports Malik Sanaullah, Director Admin Syed Umair Hassan, Director Sports Chand Perveen, President Pakistan Athletics Federation Maj-Gen (Retd) Akram Sahi, Secretary M Zafar, Deputy Director Rauf Bajwa, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and Olympian Arshad Nadeem, international athlete Shajar Abbas, Divisional Sports Officer Tariq Khanzada, DSO Tanveer Shah, Senior athletics coach Salman Butt, Divisional Athletics Coach Shaista Qaiser, several athletes and other top officials were also present on this occasion.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Director General Sports Punjab Muhammad Tariq Qureshi said that Athletics Academy is being launched for the promotion of athletics among the young generation of the province. “This academy is a continuation of our talent hunt campaign in different games. In recent days, we have launched tennis, swimming and table tennis academies in Nishtar Park Sports Complex,” he informed.
Director General Sports Punjab Muhammad Tariq Qureshi informed that 30 selected emerging athletes of 73rd Punjab Games will also be invited at SBP Athletics Academy for training. “Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and Olympian Arshad Nadeem along with other coaches will impart training to young athletes at this academy”.
Director General Sports Punjab Muhammad Tariq Qureshi further informed that these academies in Punjab are being established as per our plan to spread a network of different sports academies to provide top standard training to our talented athletes. “Sports Board Punjab is also going to launch a cricket academy on 18th of this number”.
President Pakistan Athletics Federation Maj-Gen (Retd) Akram Sahi on this occasion thanked Director General Sports Punjab Muhammad Tariq Qureshi for playing a key role for the establishment of much needed athletics academy.
He urged the young athletes to work hard like Arshad Nadeem and Shajar Abbas. “If our youth work like these stars, we are quite hopeful to find several athletics stars like Arshad Nadeem and Shajar Abbas”. On this occasion, Girls U-12 and Boys U-14 athletes presented exhibition athletics matches.
For more information, contact:
Sports Board Punjab
Government of the Punjab
National Hockey Stadium, Ferozepur Road, Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-99232501, +92-42-99232502