SBP to celebrate Independence day with fervor

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LAHORE, Aug 03 (APP)- Secretary Sports Punjab, Nayyar Iqbal said on Wednesday that Sports Board Punjab is celebrating Independence Day with full fervor by organizing 15 events and grand sports gala.

He said this while addressing the opening ceremony of Independence Day Sports Gala at National Hockey Stadium here. The participating players of Sports Gala will represent national teams in various sports events.

He said the Nishtar Park swimming pool will be inaugurated shortly as the facility is being equipped with necessary international standard facilities and its completion is in its final phase.

“We will provide latest facilities at all the playing fields, stadiums, grounds and gymnasiums so that people can take part in sports activities more actively,” he added.

Answering a query, Nayyar Iqbal informed that SBP will be organizing different training camps next year in various disciplines and the players will be provided top class facilities to become good sportsmen in due course of time.

Earlier, Fatima Jinnah XI defeated Begum Rana Liaqat Ali Khan by 5-3 in a women hockey match played under the auspices of Sports Board Punjab (SBP). From the winning team, Hamra struck two while Shaneel Babar, Faiqa and Zareena contributed one goal apiece. Saba, Maham and Iram netted one goal each for the losers. Both the teams were introduced with the Secretary Sports Punjab who later distributed prizes among the players.

Sports Board Punjab organised the exhibition hockey match to launch the Independence Day celebrations.

Earlier, Pakistan Hockey Federation Secretary Shahbaz Senior inaugurated the match by hitting the ball. Director Admin Muhammad Anees Sheikh, former hockey Olympians Kh Junaid, Khalid Bashir, Saqlain Ahmed and Lahore Press Club’s former president Arshad Ansari were also present on this occasion.