ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday launched the country’s largest sports initiative, Kamyab Jawan Sports Drive, to promote extracurricular and sports activities in youth.
The premier inaugurated the program by lighting the torch at an impressive ceremony at Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad. Under the drive, four projects worth Rs4 billion have been initiated for youth of the country.
Addressing the event, PM Imran Khan said that the talent hunt initiative will focus on finding athletes for international level competitions. He said centers of excellence will be established to polish the skills of the sportsmen in different fields.
He also announced to launch a new sports policy in order to get rid of the old system controlled by mafias.
He highlighted that Pakistan’s around 70% population is aged below 30 years, adding that the government had planned to establish new sports grounds across the country. Play grounds will be established in each union council, he added.
کھیل کے میدان میں آپکو جیتنا آتا ہے اور ساتھ ہی آپ ہار کا مقابلہ کرنا بھی سیکھتے ہیں لیکن یاد رکھیں ہارتا وہ ہے جو ہار مان کر دلبرداشتہ ہو جاتا ہے کھلاڑی مشکل وقت سے گھبراتا نہیں ہے۔ وزیراعظم عمران خان
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The premier said that the government is also making efforts to provide better education facilities to the youth. He said, “Scholarships worth Rs47 billion have been provided to the deserving students”.
In her remarks, Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Fehmida Mirza said under the new sports policy, merit will be adhered to so that talented youth can get the opportunities to improve the country’s image at the international level.
Special Assistant on Youth Affairs Usman Dar said under Kamyab Jawan Program, Rs100 billion have been allocated by the Prime Minister to empower the youth and help them start their own businesses.
Kamyab Jawan Sports Drive, in its first phase, consists of 12 games including hockey, cricket, football, handball, wrestling, weightlifting, squash, volleyball, ski, judo, boxing and Athletics.
Under this drive, sports competitions will be held for young people aged 11 to 25, including women across the country.
These competitions will be held at 25 places in all provinces, including Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Ten million youth will be selected in these competitions for world class professional training.