By our correspondent
LAHORE: Punjab Olympic Association is set to organize the 11th Inter-School and Inter-College Games here from November 1-5.
This was formally announced by the Punjab Olympic Association’s president Mohammad Aamir Jan at a press briefing here at the associations’ office on Sunday.
Flanked by the Secretary General of Punjab Olympic Association Khawaja Idrees Aamir Jan said that in the Games around 5000 students will showcase their skills in 21 different sports disciplines.
The disciplines include athletics, badminton, basketball, cycling, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey, kabaddi, karate, tennis, netball, machine rowing, squash, swimming, tug-of-war, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling.
“The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the Punjab Stadium. We would be very happy if Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi graces the occasion and we would like to invite Governor Punjab to the closing ceremony as it would add to the weightage of the Games and will help in the sports promotion,” said Aamir, who is also the chairman of the National Vocational Technical Commission.
He said that besides Punjab Stadium a few other well-facilitated schools and colleges venues will be utilized for the purpose.
He said in order to ensure proper age-group students take part in the Games a scrutiny committee has also been constituted.
“We will also take help from NADRA’s biometric system in the process. The age-limit for school players have been kept 17 years while 20 years age limit is for college students,” he said.
“The step will help promote sports in schools and colleges. It will also shape the personalities of the students,” Aamir said.
He said the event will cost the organisers around Rs 3 million, adding private sector will also be approached for the purpose.
He said that the major objective of these Games is that top talent will get an opportunity to press the scouts to pick them for top provincial and national duties in future.
Meanwhile Punjab Olympic Association has asked all the interested schools and colleges to confirm their entries with the organisers as soon as possible.