Published On: Sun, Jan 5th, 2014
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Family & Fun races held ahead of Punjab Festival

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LAHORE: In build-up to the second union council level of the Punjab Youth Festival 2014, family and fun races of three kilometres were held here at the Sui Gas society, Defence Housing Society Phase V on Saturday.

The race which was led by MPA Mian Naseer as chief guest was categorized in two groups. The first group was of youngsters up to the age of 50 and the second group was for above 50 years of age participants and both the categories involved families, children and general public.

In the above 50 age category, Hamid Gulzar of DHA won the race ahead of several enthusiasts of his age while Salma Naveed also of DHA society took the below age race, leaving behind even the likeliest aspirants of the title.

The races started simultaneously from Community Centre DHA and terminated at the same spot after taking a U-turn from the DHA roundabout. The race started on the drums beat and the rhythm of the drummers gave a festive look to the occasion. Bangra was also performed by youngsters throughout the race.

“We are moving towards creating fresh world records and side by side develop skills in the youngsters to choose their career in their field of liking,” said Mian Naseer at the end of the race.

He further said that there was a need to have proper legislation to make the festival a regular feature of the year. “The Punjab government is moving towards making a law so that the festival is held on regular basis,” he added.

“Organization of the festival is not only developing awareness of good health among the people but is also developing a culture of sports, Lahore is known for. Besides it is also providing healthy entertainment to retrenched people,” he added.

He further said that it’s a solid platform for the youth to excel their abilities and is also providing an opportunity to bring people back to ground which would revive the centuries old culture of sports in the province.

He said that the Union Council level which is beginning from today (January 5) will have even more competitive events. The second stage of the festival will not only be starting in whole of the province but all the nine towns of Lahore are fully prepared to hold competitions.

In this level, not only general public but children of elementary and schools will also be show their skills in events like arm-wrestling, athletics, badminton, billiard, cricket tape ball, tug of war, volleyball, bodybuilding (three categories), football, fun race and weightlifting while the general categories to be contested includes Naat Khani, Qirat And Cooking, Family Dressing, Healthy Baby, Kitchen Gardening And Cooking, Milinaghama, Painting and essay writing.
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