First time ever: Weeklong sports festival for tribal districts gets underway

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JAMRUD: Over 3,000 male and female players from tribal districts are participating in 35 different games during the weeklong sports festival that got underway here in a colourful ceremony at Jamrud sports complex.

There are also four female teams participating in the games that will be played at the sports grounds of all the seven tribal districts. As per the government officials, the purpose is to involve the tribal youth in healthy activities, remove decades-long deprivation, and providing them opportunities as enjoyed by the youth of other parts of the country.

Muhammad Atif, Minister for sports, culture, and tourism inaugurated the first Sports festival on Thursday in a ceremony that was attended by a huge number of tribal elders, youth and sports players from all the seven tribal districts.

On the first day, there were no sports but cultural dances, especially Khattaks, Mehsud and Bethani dances known as Atten, were performed and enthralled all those present in the Jamrud stadium.

On this occasion, Atif said in his speech that, Pakistan Tehrik-e- Insaf (PTI) government is committed for the development of sports in the country. “We are trying our best to provide every single facility to our players, whether they are playing on the national or international level,” Atif Khan said.

Deputy Commissioner Khyber Mehmood Aslam, Director General Sports and Managing Director Tourism Corporation KP Junaid Khan, Assistant Commissioner Landi Kotal Imran Khan, AC Jamrud Salim Jan, Director Sports Merger District Muhammad Nawaz Khan, Sports Manager Ayub Khan, Rahad Gul Mollah Gori, Awan Hussain, Saeed Akhtar, Aamir Iqbal, Assistant Director Female Games Nazia Zaki, officials, players and large number of spectators were also present.

Female are taking part in five different games including athletics, tug of war, badminton, table tennis, volleyball while the male take part in athletics, archery, basketball, badminton, boxing, cycling, cricket, football, netball, gymnastics, hockey, judo, jujitsu, karate, kabaddi, netball, rugby, tug of war, shooting, tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, wushu, baseball, bodybuilding and weightlifting.

All the games are being organized in seven different districts in order to provide ample opportunities to the players of merger tribal districts.

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