PESHAWAR, Sept 4 (APP): A 25-members Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Athletic squad to participate in the National Youth and Junior Athletics Men and Women Championship, which got under way at Jinnah Sports Complex Islamabad.
This was stated by President KP Athletic Association and former gold medalist athlete Habib-ur-Rehman Afridi while talking to APP on phone on Sunday. He said the team reached Islamabad and hopefully the boys who had a month-long camp would give good result.
Our athletes have the ability to beat strong departmental players like Pakistan Army, Pakistan Wapda, HEC, Railways, PAF as around 400 male and female athletes vie for the top honor,” Afridi, former 400m and 800m athlete added.
He also lauded the efforts of the coaches headed by international coach Syed Jaffar Shah, Zafran Afridi for their dedicated efforts in imparting training to the male players.
He said there is no female athlete part of the squad, however, the female were part of the overall camp.
He also lauded Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) in organizing National Youth and Junior Athletics Men and Women Championships, simultaneously with the aim to spot out good and performing athletes for the future international events.
He said Army, PAF, WAPDA, Railways, HEC, Punjab, Sindh, KP, Balochistan, Islamabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan are taking part in a total of 18 events of junior boys, and 14 events of junior girls and 16 events of youth men and 14 events of youth women.
Athletes that Under-20 aged 18 or 19 years on Dec 31 2016 (born in 1997 or 1998) and Under-18 athletes aged 16 or 17 years on Dec 31 2016 (Born in 1999 or 2000) are
eligible to represent their respective units, he disclosed.
He said the players have been provided good accommodation, thanks to Secretary AFP M Zafar and President Islamabad Athletics Association Brig ® Sultan Satti.
He said it is very encouraging step of the President AFP Major General ® Akram Sahi for focusing more on the upcoming talent. Without giving importance to the grassroots level, we cannot produce good athletic stuff in Pakistan, he maintained.
He said it is good that AFP decided to shortlisted top athletes for next month’s South Asian Junior Athletics Championship to be held from in India on October 19-20.
He expressed the hope that AFP would give ample opportunity to the athletes of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who have talent but lack facilities, good coaching and access to
national camps. If provided opportunities to the athletes of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, our athletes would show good result, he remarked.
The following players, he said, short-listed to represent KP before holding a month-long camp at Qayyum Sports Complex.
The names of the selected players comprising Abid Ali, Paras Ahmad, Nouman Khan, Majid Khan, Aneeb Afridi, Abdur Rehman, Zohaib Khan, Shahab Khan, Kashif Khan, Yasir Khan, Asif Khan, Faraz John, Hilal Ahmad, Sheer Zaman, Abuzar, Wajid Ali, Usman Khan, Attullah, M. Ahmad, Faraz, Inam, Imran Khan, Qayyum Khan and Shoaib Khan.