In the recent years Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has upgraded itself as becoming the country’s sports hub. Under the recent Sports Developments in KPK, various projects have been introduced while others are in tunnel to be launched soon. Tariq Khan, sports secretary of the province, revealed a new policy in May, 2018 that will most expectedly further upgrade the province in the department of sports. As he said:
Sports Developments in KPK – In the recent years, KPK has upgraded itself as becoming the country’s sports hub.
He also informed the media that a task force has been appointed for drafting a provincial sports policy based on exclusive and comprehensive consultation with both international and national experts, players, consultants and other relevant interest groups. Thus, providing a detailed and comprehensive policy that will provide a framework for the promotion and growth of sports at all levels in the province.
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Initiatives taken by the provincial government to promote the growth of sports in KPK
In a series of various initiatives taken by the provincial government to promote the growth of the sports one of the most significant is the project that building an international standard Hockey Turf at Mardan Sports Complex. This project cost Rs. 67.69 million and completed at a very fast pace. International level matches are to be played in this Hockey Turf Mardan.
The provincial government, thus, has invested a significant amount of funds into the sports sector developing healthy activities in the youth of the province. This amount of focus on the development of sports has also be connected to, in a healthy way, combating terrorism by providing healthy recreational environment to the people and especially to the youth and new generation of the province and thus keeping them involved in positive activities.
Sports Developments in KPK in Recent Times – Some very goof initiatives were introduced
Another project in this series was the building of a shopping plaza at Qayyum Sports Complex costing Rs. 80.50 million. This project will boost the revenue generation for the promotions of different sports activities.
In this wake the provincial government has further taken steps like free distribution of sports kits among talented and genuine players. Rs. 40 million were invested into this initiative.
Furthermore, to ensure the transparency of investing this amount into the distribution of sports kits different SOPs have been formulated and then distributed to the district level. Along with formulation of the SOPs for selection of merit based talent selection of players, gravely discouraging monopolies.
The provincial government, thus, has invested a significant amount of funds into the sports sector developing healthy activities in the youth of the province.
At tehsil level the provincial government established around 75 play grounds, where after completion the management committees, established solely for the purpose, will take over the maintenance and look after charge on permanent basis. Along with the local government representatives were involved in order to ensure the proper maintenance of the play grounds and also awareness workshops were arranged for the same purpose.
Moreover, work on the Abdul Wali Khan Sports Complex Charsadda that was initiated by the last government was also fast-tracked and completed within two years. Rs. 490 million was allocated to the project to increase the pace of the project, which is after Qayyum Stadium the second international standard sports complex of the province.
The sports secretary Mr. Tariq Khan successfully introduced various Sports Developments in KPK
Sports Developments in KPK – Establishment of many Playgrounds
These playgrounds were to be constructed Sixty-five new sports facilities have been established in:
- Abbottabad’s Havelian and Khanpur tehsils
- Bannu’s Domail and Bannu, Battagram’s Alai
- Buner’s Mandan
- Charsadda’s Abdul Wali Khan Sports Complex, Shabqadar
- Tangi and Umerzai, Chitral’s Saidabad
- Chitral, Booni and Kosht polo ground
- Lower Dir’s Samar Bagh, Lal Qila
- Balambat and Badminton Court in Khoongi Bala
- DI Khan’s Kulachi, Paraova
- DI Khan and Paharpur Kacha Malikhel
- Hangu’s Hangu
- Togh Sarai and Anar China
- Haripur’s Sarai Saleh
- Ghazi and HCA Cricket Ground
- Karak’s Banda Daud Shah
- Karak and Takht-i-Nasarati and Badminton Hall in Karak city
- Kohat’s Lachi
- Babri Banda
- Khadezai and Togh Payan
- Kohistan’s Pattan
- Lakki Marat’s Sarai Naurang
- Lakki and one volleyball court in Sarai Naurang
- Mansehra’s Oghi
- Mardan’s Takht Bhai
- Katlang and Toru
- Malakand’s Batkhela
- Nowshera’s Pabbi
- Jhangera and Khairabad
- Peshawar’s Hayatabad Sports Complex
- Swabi’s Chota Lahor
- Topi and Ziada Playground (CMD)
- Swat’s Kabal
- Charbagh and Makhan Bagh Mini Hall
- Tank’s Tank and Town Hall Stadium
- Torghar’s Hassanzai, and Shangla and Upper Dir.
These new grounds were built either on school, college or private land, therefore, headmasters and principals of the said institutions were taken on board. Along with them sports miniter, secretary, Director General sports, Director Sports, Director Operation and noted players were made sure to be part of the management committees.
However, the nazim, naib nazim, tehsil council, AC, TMO, DSO, youth counselor, and two permanent players and the relevant headmasters/principals were to look after the committee.
Events arranged by the sports department of KPK
KPK U-23 Games, 2016 was arranged for the first time in the history of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Rs. 74 million had exclusively been allocated for this mega event. Around 500 male and female players had been enlisted for the event.
Main events of this historical event included: Inter District Competition in 15 games at divisional headquarters, Inter Divisional competitions at Peshawar. Provincial DG Sports Junaid Khan told the media that during these events many of these new 65 facilities were used.
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Recently a sports event was arranged especially for the trans gender community in Pehswar, organized by the district sports office. The idea of this festival was presented by district sports officer Naumanul Haq who helped arranged the funding of the event. The event was attended by the DG sports of KPK Junaid Khan.
These along with many other sports activities in the province were a welcome refreshment opportunity for the people of the province.