Arrangements for the 33rd National Games in Peshawar beginning November 10-16, 2019 have been completed with the arrival of all 10,000 athletes would be completed, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shoukat Ali Yousafzai told media men during his visit to the main venues at Peshawar Sports Complex.
He also visited the Lala Ayub Hockey Stadium inside Qayyum Sports Complex and witnessed the practice match between Pakistan Army and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Director General Army Sports Control Board, General Headquarter, Islamabad Brig. Zaheer, Additional Secretary Sports Muhammad Babar Khan, Director General Sports Asfandyar Khan Khattak, a former Inspector General of Police Muhammad Saeed Khan, President KP Hockey Association Syed Zahir Shah, Chief Executive PESCO Dr. Amjad Afridi, players and spectators were also present.
Shoukat Ali Yousafzai remained there for some time and met with the players of Pakistan Army and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and inquired about so far arrangements made for their accommodations and other facilities.
They players appreciated the govt of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for providing best hotel accommodations and other facilities and said they would enjoyed their stay and participation in the 33rd National Games. He also visited other venues where the players were in training and practice session and expressed satisfaction over the so far arrangements made for the athletes in different venues.
Asfandyar Khattak thoroughly briefed the minister about the arrangements being made for the smooth conduct of the Games after a lapse of almost nine years. Muhammad Babar Khan said that DG Sports Asfandyar Khattak is monitoring these camps’ in light of the special instructions of Senior Minister for Sports Mohammad Atif Khan.
The provincial government has allocated Rs. 220 million for these Games. After nine years, Peshawar is hosting these games at various venues including Abbottabad Sports Complex, Abdullah Wali Khan Sports Complex Charsadda, Mardan Sports Complex and Jinnah Sports Complex Islamabad.
He said, for the smooth conduct various committees have been set up and Muhammad Atif Khan is monitoring all activities round the clock. Secretary Sports Kamran Khalil, DG Sports Asfandyar Khattak, Vice President of Pakistan Olympic Association Syed Aqeel Shah are working very hard. He said full dress rehearsal will be held on November 9 while the opening ceremony of the Games will be organized on Nov 10, 2019.
He said he is very much satisfied as the media is giving extensive courage as there is more rush of journalists at the media center working under the aegis of Sports Writers Association, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.