Peshawar—Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has called upon the youths to participate in the healthy activities like sports and take full advantage of the facilities being provided by the PTI led provincial government that was striving to promote the sporting events all over the province. The PTI chairman was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Hayatabad Sports Complex here Wednesday. The construction of the state of the art Sports complex, the legendary cricketer turned politician said, was an attempt to provide healthy and recreational opportunities to the youth of the province.
The Sports complex that is spread over an area of 150 Kanals of land has been completed in three year time at a total cost of Rs 210 million. The sports complex has hockey, football and cricket grounds along with a multipurpose hall and courts for playing tennis and squash games. Additionally, separate section for board games has also been established along with a separate gymnasium for males and females.
The sports complex is the second of its kind completed by the present government after completion of Bacha Khan Sports Complex in Charsadda district. Addressing the gathering on the occasion the PTI Chairman said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf led coalition government has been prioritising the promotion of sports all over the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province from the day one as healthy youth guaranteed the healthy society.
Imran maintained that the youth of KP had unmatchable talent but shortage of sports facilities have undermined their promotion in the past. As part of promoting sports activities in the province, the present government has successfully completed the construction of international standard hockey turf at Mardan Sports Complex at an expense of Rs 67.69 Million. The Hockey turf was completed by the present government on fast track basis making it the only international standard turf available in the province. He informed.
Additionally, Sports Kits worth 10 Million were distributed among players of different games for promoting healthy and recreational activities in the province. The Kits were purchased and distributed in a record three months’ time.
The PTI Chairman advised the younger generation to indulge in games as the government was willing to promote sporting events all over the province and will fully patronize and encourage health activities likes sports always.
It is pertinent to mention that the Sports and Cultural department of KP has completed preparations for conducting KP under 23 games in the province. As many as 5000, male and female, players have been enlisted for 15 different games in their respective divisional headquarters after which inter divisional games will be held in the provincial capital, Peshawar. A budget of Rs 74 Million has been allocated for this event.
The present PTI government has also completed the construction of 25 sports grounds throughout KP whereas work on additional 33 grounds at tehsil level is in progress.
Under the initiative, a total of 75 new sports grounds will be constructed which will help in promoting recreational and healthy activities throughout the province. Management committees have also been formed for maintenance and look after of the completed grounds.