Renowned sporting figures and students’ advisers on Thursday called upon the youth to devote quite a substantial part of their daily schedule to sports and healthy activities. Speaking at a ceremony in connection with International Day of Sport for Development and Peace organized at the Pakistan Youth Hostels Association (PYHA), they were unanimous in their view that only those nations are considered strong and progressing, which keep their parks and playgrounds full and hospitals deserted.
Secretary PYHA and former Ambassador Qazi Humayun while welcoming the guests highlighted the importance of sports in one’s life. We’ve been hearing since childhood that “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” said the. Ambassador Humayun was of the view that a sportsman or a sportswoman can better learn meanings of qualities like ‘teamwork’, ‘struggle’ and ‘tenacity’ in life. It may be one or the other sport or healthy activity, its advantages are far reaching, he said and played their role in nation building.
Alpine Club’s senior official Mr Saad Tariq Siddiqui highlighted the importance of the sports by giving his own example. Though in his eighties, yet he was actively participating in various sports activities. Saad Tariq informed the audience that Alpine Club has set up a climbing wall in the Jinnah Sports Complex for youths and in a couple of days it will be open for general public. He also gave a very moving account of the positive effect sports had on his life and that of his colleagues. He told that since 1966 he was engaged in mountaineering and this was his lifelong romance.
Rizwan Ul Haq, President Pakistan Rowing Federation was of the view that most of Pakistan’s ills would end automatically on the day when we brought our youth to playgrounds and sports activities. Our nation is gifted with immense potential and unique talent and we only need to exploit it through sports and healthy activities, he said.
Director Sports of the Quaid-e-Azam University, Safdar Ali complimented Mr Mazharul Islam for giving a thought to such an important international day. PYHA has recently been arranging such youth-oriented activities, which is a matter of great pride, he said. He said it is a well known fact that a good player proves to be a good student. He called for sports passion in all the youths of Pakistan so that the country could make progress with a positive mind.
Later, prizes were distributed among the participants of a badminton tournament held earlier in the day. Among the recipients of the prizes includes Abdullah Rizwan, Aown Muhammad, Iqra Nawab, Abdullah, Katreen, Sameer, Umar and Mikael.