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Rs 1.21bn spent on promotion of sports

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Published: April 10, 2014 03:02 pm

ISLAMABAD: Provincial Sports Minister Chaudhary Sarfraz Afzal says the Punjab government allocated Rs 1.21 billion during the last two years for the promotion of sports activities and the provision of facilities to athletes.

Responding to different queries of legislators during the fourth sitting of 7th session of the Punjab Assembly, the minister said Rs 90 million were allocated for the promotion of sports during 2012-13, adding the sports federations and players were provided financial assistance and new Astroturf was also provided to the National Hockey Stadium Lahore.

He said several sports events were held in various districts including Punjab International Sports Festival in Lahore, adding a total of 27 countries vied for athletic events including badminton, football, table tennis in the sports festival which was aimed to bring closer people of different nationalities besides portraying a better image of Pakistan.

The minister said the aim of Punjab International Sports Festival was to promote sports activities among youth so that they can be kept away from negative activities and earn respect for the country, adding the credit goes to the Punjab government which arranged several events ranging from community level to international level to incline young generation to healthy and positive activities.

Regarding the project of sports city in Lahore, the minister said it is in its initial phase and a summary has been forwarded to the Planning and Development Division for the appointment of a consultant.He admitted the absence of sports facilities in various areas and vowed to take steps in this regard.

Justifying the expenses of Rs 220 million incurred on sports activities in 2012, he said it was spent on the construction of Bhakkar stadium, training camps for players of various games, sports events and welfare activities of players.

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