Under-21 Games kicked off
PM Imran says would have conceded defeat in politics if he had not been a sportsman
Statesman Report
PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed gratitude towards his sports days for making him resilient in his 22-year-old political career, saying he would have conceded defeat if he had not been a sportsman.
APP adds: The prime minister was addressing the inauguration ceremony of Under-21 games at Peshawar Sports Complex.
The prime minister said sports brought positive changes in the society besides providing an environment of a healthy competition. He urged the youth to come forward and make the country as a great nation on the globe.
He said sports played a key role in healthier upbringing of the youth, and the present government would leave no stone unturned to ensure the provision of the best possible sports' facilities to them at their doorstep. He expressed his resolve to promote sports' events at the grassroots level to exploit the true potential of the youth.
The prime minister said life was the name of competition and sports helped us to learn the art of competition.
He said only those nations emerged as strong which valiantly cope with the difficult times and expressed the hope that Pakistan would also emerge as a strong nation and the youth have an important role in that regard.
He said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government was focusing on the promotion of sports activities, and lauded the organizers of that mega event in the province which would certainly yield positive impact among the youth.
He hoped that the talent of Pakistan would surface worldwide from such sports occurrences time and again.
Earlier, all the participating athletes took part in stunning March Past, followed by National Anthem. The students of a private schooling system mesmerized the spectators with their excellent performances.
The Frontier Constabulary Band and Masud Battani dances also enthralled the guests.
The winners and runners-up of the games will be awarded with handsome cash prizes besides monthly stipend to the medalists and top three position holders.