As many as 158,000 people participated on the concluding day of tehsil-level competitions of the Punjab Youth Festival on Sunday.
A total of 9,551 people moved to the next round.
At Nishtar Town in Lahore, a kabaddi contest was organised under the supervision of MPA Mian Naseer. Nearly 10,000 people gathered at the venue to watch the contest.
Union council 143 won against Union Council 145 with 41-33 points.
At Social Welfare Complex at Mer Chowk, senior citizens took part in chess, races, tug of war and arm wrestling competitions.
Similar competitions were held at Kot Lakhpat jail for prisoners.
Afzal Jatt won the mini-marathon at Samanabad Town. Muhammad Ashraf and Waqas Ishaq finished second and third, respectively.
The race was inaugurated by advocate Rana Asad Khan.
Samanabad TMO Imtiaz Awan, Mehar Imran, Mian Razzaq Jattal, Asfandyar Baloch, Malik Zeeshan and Rai Zeeshan were also present.
A mini-marathon was also run at Niaz Baig.
Sabir Ali won the 1500-metre race. Zarmeen Ali won the 100-metre girls’ race and Ali Ahmed the 100-metre children race.
Ajmed Javed Qazi was the chief guest on the occasion and gave prizes to the participants.
Another mini-marathon was organised from Jallo More to Jallo Park at Wagha Town. Muhammad Ishaq won the race and Majid Ali and Awais stood second and third respectively.
Muhammad Adnan won the Data Ganj Bakhsh Town mini-marathon. Asif Ghiyas Butt stood second. The runners ran from Chauburji to MAO College.
In Sheikhupura, Kasur and Nankana Sahib tehsils, 60,082 people participated and 340 won.
In Jhang, Tobe Tek Singh and Chiniot, 2,693 people competed and 535 moved to the next round.
In Okara and Pakpatten, 2,727 participated in the competitions and 672 won.
In Lodhran and Khanewal tehsils 1,934 people competed and 164 moved to the next round.
In Bahawalnagar and Rahimyar Khan, there were 4,627 participants and 1,685 won.
In Rajanpur, Layyah and Muzaffargarh, competitions were held among 15,784 and 507 won.
In Chakwal, Attock and Jhelum, 993 out of 9792 participants won their competitions.
In Khushab, Mianwali and Bhakkar, 12,106 competed and 3,517 won.
In Hafizabad, Sialkot, Mandi Bahauddin, Narowal and Gujrat, 21,986 people competed and 1,085 won the competitions.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 27th, 2014.