Government promotes sport for young people: Minister


State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib said on Sunday that Kamyab Jawan’s sports campaign was launched in line with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to promote sports in the country.

Addressing the closing ceremony of the 42nd National Kabaddi Championship at the Punjab Stadium, the minister said that under the impetus sporting activities were being carried out across the country.

He said a talent hunt campaign has been launched where men and women will be selected, adding that the best players will be chosen from 25 regions.

He said the selected players would be trained in 12 sports academies established under the Kamyab Jawan (KJP) program in addition to a performance academy.

Habib said that under the KJP, a comprehensive system has been developed to train and promote players from grassroots level. He said the players would be trained to perform at national and international level.

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“For three years, the Ministry of Sports of Punjab had increased the [number of] 100 percent playgrounds. A center of excellence is also being built for hockey in addition to a performance academy,” he added.

The Minister of State maintained that a squash academy and two high performance cricket academies were also being built in Sialkot and Faisalabad. He regretted that in the past no government had taken the slightest measure to bring youth and sport closer together.

“Sport not only develops a positive approach, but makes the human spirit healthy and strong.”

He said that at the same place in 2020, Pakistan’s Kabaddi team became world champions.

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