Ready, set…: Under-23 games kick off in Abbottabad

Over 300 players attend opening ceremony


Our Correspondent March 29, 2016
Students of Martial Arts Academy show their gymnastic skills at the hockey stadium in Abbottabad. PHOTO: INP

ABBOTABAD: The Under-23 Women’s Inter-District Games kicked off on Tuesday. Minister for Food Qalandar Khan Lodhi inaugurated the games at the hockey stadium in Abbottabad. Abbottabad DC Ammara Aamir Khattak, officials of the sports department and over 300 women who were competing, from various educational institutions of Hazara, attended the occasion.

Players belonging to Jamia Girls High School Abbottabad, Govt Girls High School No 2, Abbottabad, The Educators Haripur and Super Martial Arts Academy Haripur performed a march past, tableau, band, PT, gymnastics and karate to great appreciation from the audience.

Speaking on this occasion, Lodhi said this was a unique opportunity for sportswomen to showcase their talents. He said the purpose of the Under-23 tournament was to hunt for new talent and provide players with opportunities to perform at the national and international levels.

He reiterated the government would continue supporting sportsmen and women.

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Sports DG Rasheeda Ghaznvi announced a cash award of Rs10,000 for the band, PT, gymnastic and tableau performances, and Rs1,000 for each of the girls performing martial arts and reciting naat.

She said during the games, women from Haripur, Abbottabad, Mansehra and Battagram would participate in 13 different events.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 30th,  2016.

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