PESHAWAR: The first Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Games in 29 years concluded amidst a colourful event at the Qayyum Sports Complex on Tuesday. The last edition of these games was held back in 1981.
The main objective of the games was to select and shortlist possible candidates for the forthcoming 31st National Games.
More than 3,000 male and female athletes from seven different regions comprising Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu, Kohat, Malakand, Hazara, Mardan and Peshawar participated in badminton, baseball, basketball, cycling, football, gymnastics, handball, judo, kabaddi, netball, softball, snooker, squash, table tennis, taekwondo, tug-of-war, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling events.
Peshawar dominated the games by securing 2,156 points, followed by Bannu Region with 1,106 points and Hazara with 964 points. Mardan came in fourth with 945 points, followed by Malakand with 759 points, Kohat with 548 points and Dera Ismail Khan with
The event, which started on November 2, concluded with a thrilling musical show. Dozens of K-P Sports Board workers, including District Sports Officers, were also awarded shields and certificates for their services in
In his welcome address, Syed Aqil Shah praised the organising committee’s arrangements during the games. He said the best teams would be selected to represent Khyber-Pakhtunkwa in the forthcoming 31st National Games scheduled to be held from December 25
He commended the security arrangements made during the games. A committee headed by former IG Chaudhry Yaqoob was constituted before the games to overlook all security arrangements during the games. Provincial Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain gave away trophies, certificates and shields to the position holders.
Provincial Sports Minister Syed Aqil Shah, Secretary Sports and Culture Azam Khan, Secretary Information Azmat Hanif Orakzai, Kifayatullah Orakzai (in place of Masood Ahmad who is the Organising Secretary of the National Secretary), position holders, players and officials were also present at the closing ceremony.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 1st, 2010.