The first FATA-Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Indoor Games would commence on Monday with the collaboration of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Olympic Association and Community Appraisal and Motivation Program (CAMP) here at Qayyum Sports Complex.
This was stated by Provincial Minister for Sports Syed Aqil Shah while addressing a press conference here on Sunday. Flanked by Program Manager Tahir Ali of CAMP and Secretary of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Olympic Association, Syed Aqil Shah said that the Game is first of its kind wherein players from FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would compete.
A total of 150 players in events like Wrestling, Table Tennis, (Men & Women), Snooker, Judo, Karate, Badminton (Men & Women), Weightlifting, Football and Volleyball would compete in the Games to be continued for five-day.
Tahir Ali on this occasion said that CAMP has so far initiated 25 projects in different sectors for the youth development across the country including FATA. He thanked Syed Aqil Shah for extending all out support in holding the Games in befitting manners.
The aim and objective of the Games is to give awareness to the youth to come forward for establishing durable peace, democracy and development. The youth are the key assets and our future builders of the nation so the CAMP has give due importance by involving them in healthy activities.
He said all the indoor games have been included but with a special request made by Syed Aqil Shah so the events of Football and Volleyball (Men) have been in the overall discipline list.
“We want to provide a proper platform for the youth of FATA in particular and other part in general so that they could come up and show their skills at national and international levels,” he added.
Syed Aqil Shah said that he would talk to the Governor Owais Ahmad Ghani regarding holding of field games in future while utilizing the same platform. He said there is no dearth of talent in FATA, specially in games like volleyball, football, basketball and athletics, therefore, in future these games would also be included to provide due opportunities of the player of FATA to come up in the main stream of talent.