Fehmida gives away prize cheques to SAG medal-winners
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination, Dr Fehmida Mirza distributed prize cheques to eleven outstanding athletes, who claimed medals in the 13th South Asian Games (SAG), held in Nepal from December 1 to 10, last year.
Athletes from seven South Asian countries vied for top honours at the games. Pakistan athletes showed stunning performance, earning a total 133 medals that included 32 gold, 41 silver and 60 bronze medals.
The minister, who is also president of Pakistan Sports Board gave away cheques to the athletes in two different sessions at IPC ministry, adhering to the safety measures set by the government. She congratulated them and wished them best in their future endeavours.
Speaking to the athletes, the minister said that the award of cheques was a recognition of their superb performance at the SAG. She said that the athletes through their untiring efforts brought laurels for the country and supporting them financially at a time when coronavirus had hit everyone around the globe would help mitigate impact of the pandemic. She said that the IPC ministry wanted to host a grand ceremony of by inviting Prime Minister Imran Khan as the chief guest, but due to prevailing situation, it decided to award cash prizes among the winners by inviting them in small batches. She said that the government was fully aware of the problems being faced by sportspersons and was making an all-out effort to facilitate them and promote sports in the country.
She pointed out that after the 18th Amendment, sports had become a provincial subject. She asked the provinces to come forward for uplifting the standard of the games by promoting sports at the grassroots level.
The wrestlers who received cheques included Inam Butt (gold), Inayat Ullah (gold), Abdur Rehman (gold), Umair Ahmed (silver), Tayyab Raza (silver) and Zaman Anwar (silver).
The squash players who got cheques included Tayyab Aslam (gold in individual and team events), Farhan Mehboob (bronze in individual event and gold in team event), Asim Khan (gold in team event) and Amad Fareed (gold in team event).
A total of Rs 10.250 million were distributed among the athletes with gold medal winners pocketing Rs. 1 million each, silver medal winners Rs 0.50 million and bronze medal winners Rs 0.250 million. The athletes thanked the minister for supporting them at this critical time. They also thanked the then Secretary Ministry of IPC/Chef-de-Mission, Akbar Durrani, who visited every venue during the SAG to encourage the sportspersons besides arranging sessions for boosting their morale and preparing them well to win the gold medals. - APP