SBP DG inspects sports infrastructure


By Sohail Ali

LAHORE, Sep 14 (APP): Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh on Monday visited Jhang and Toba Tek Singh to inspect sports infrastructure.

He inspected Maee Heer Stadium, visited hockey stadium with newly-laid astro-turf, inaugurated Sir Shafiq Athletics Academy and participated in Khawar Shah Archery Academy event as a chief guest during his Jhang visit.

He also distributed prizes among prominent performers of archery event.

During his Toba Tek Singh visit, Director General Sports Punjab visited the football ground, E-Library and had a meeting with Deputy Commissioner Toba Tek Singh Umer Javed.

Adnan Arshad Aulakh and Deputy Commissioner Toba Tek Singh Umer Javed exchanged various issues including sports promotion and tracing fresh talent in the district.

Director Sports Hafeez Bhatti, Divisional Sports Officer Tariq Nazir, Chief Sports Consultant Shahid Faqeer Virk and DSO M Jameel were also present on this occasion.

On this occasion, Director General Sports Punjab said that Sports Board Punjab was bringing new sports infrastructure in the province and making solid planning to look after the existing sports infrastructure as well.

“We are also working on sports schemes of Rs 23 billion. Fortunately, now the Covid-19 situation is under control and initially we are going to start practice matches of different games. Regular sports activities will commence across the province after receiving SOPs from govt,” he elaborated.

Answering a question, Adnan Arshad Aulakh said the work is under way on archery academy in Lahore’s Excellence Center. “Jhang has plenty of archery talent which is quite heartening. We are quite hopeful that Sports Board Punjab in collaboration with sports associations will play a key role in regaining lost glory in the sports field,” he added.

He said: “Right now, we have 25 astro-turfs besides 315 sports facilities across the Punjab province and young talented players are fully availing these facilities. A 15-day hockey training camp was also organized at Gojra where coaches imparted training to young hockey players”.