National Youth Carnival: ‘Government built over 100 sports grounds’

Punjab University clinches inter-provincial competition

Our Correspondent December 13, 2017
K-P CM Pervez Khattak awards shield to the winning team. PHOTO: AGENCIES

PESHAWAR: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that their administration has so far built over a hundred sports grounds in the province, while work on 40 others is currently underway.

He disclosed this while addressing the concluding ceremony of the National Youth Carnival (NYC) at Peshawar’s sports complex on Tuesday.

The University of Punjab clinched the carnival by grabbing 11 gold and four silver medals in the 30 different disciplines.

The Quaid-e-Azam University of Islamabad was second with one gold and four silver medals.

The Khyber Medical College from Peshawar, COMSATS from Abbottabad and the Gomal University of Dera Ismail Khan shared the third spot after they each clinched two gold and as many silver medals.

Girls display traditional Pakhtun wear. PHOTO: AGENCIES

The Abdul Wali Khan University grabbed the fourth spot with two gold medals.

The four-day carnival saw cultural dances and musical performances by students. The chief minister also inaugurated the newly-constructed Jawan Markaz at the sports complex.

The Markaz is equipped with a motion-picture hall, snooker and billiard tables, a creative wing, a youth empowerment centre offering career building, educational and health activities under youth development programme at the sports complex.

Khattak said that youth comprise around 60 per cent of the population but no government had given them due attention.  “A comprehensive plan has been developed by the K-P government in the health, education, sports sectors for youth development, while a sum of Rs2 billion has been allocated for it,” he said.

The chief minister later gave away the winner’s trophy and cash prizes to the winners and runners-up. Individual prizes in all of the 30 disciplines were given out, with winners from each category awarded Rs60,000. First runners-up received Rs40,000.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 13th, 2017.


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