ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan has won the prestigious Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award in appreciation of his efforts in turning Pakistan into one of the world’s leading cricketing nations.
The premier has been invited to receive his award at a ceremony to be held at Expo 2020, Dubai on January 9. 2021. Khan will get the International Sports Personality Award for his contribution to cricket.
He was captain of the Pakistan team that emerged victorious in the 1992 Cricket World Cup, defeating England in the final.
An inspirational sports icon, Khan continues to inspire young people as Prime Minister now, enhancing the status of sports in general and cricket in particular, and empowering Pakistani society through sports, said the statement.
Today, more than half population, according to an estimate, is identified as cricket fans, and nearly 42,000 players are officially registered with the Pakistan Cricket Board.
In 2019, PM Imran Khan launched a pioneering $639 million initiative for the welfare of Pakistan’s youth, under which young men and women will be given scholarships and skill-development opportunities, including scholarships in sports.
In June this year, he announced plans to build a cricket ground in each of Pakistan’s 4,000-plus Union and Village Councils.
The ceremony of the eleventh edition of the MBR Creative Sports Award was held on Monday, November 22, at Deep Dive Dubai.
Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed, the Chairman of Dubai Sports Council was also present at the occasion.