The first colourful Inter-College Sports Gala of Rehman Medical Institute (RMI) got under way here at its premises with more than 300 female and male students from five different colleges taking part in 5-different Games.
Chief Executive Officer (RMI) Shafique-ur-Rehman, Director Administration Col. (retd) Muhammad Tariq Khan, Director Sports Dr. Muhammad Bin Afsar Jan, test cricketers including Riaz Afridi, Imran Khan Senior, Sajid Khan, wicket-keeper batsman of Afghanistan Cricket team Shehzad Muhammadi, international badminton player Murad Khan, national coach Nadeem Khan and former international basketball player Muhammad Hateem Khan, Manager Sports and national athlete Zakirullah, Saqib Khan and Miss Manahil, principal of all five colleges including Rehman College of Nursing (RCN), Rehman Medical College (RMC), Rehman College of Allied Health Sciences (RCAHS), Rehman College of Rehabilitation Sciences (RCRS) and Rehman College of Dentistry (RCD), players and large number of students and spectators were also present.
The colourful ceremony was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran by Qazi Abdul Haleem, followed by National Anthem and a smart March Past of all the five contingents. National Athlete Zakir Ullah took oath from all fives captains of as many contingents including Gohar Rehman and Sonia Arif of (RCN), Behram Khan and Miss Urooj (RMC), Muhammad Yasir Khan and Arshi Salahuddin of (RCAHS), Hasham Khan and Aisha Bibi (RCRS) and Ibrahim and Ayla of RCD took the oath.
Soon after the Torch of the Games entered into the main arena where thundering applauses’. The participating players both female and male were so enthusiastic during their March-in led by Manager Sports Zakir Ullah, holding the National Flag. The National Flag followed by RMI Flag wherein Dr. Bilal Khan, while the Olympic flag was carried by focal persons including Aziz Ullah, Dr. Mian Mujahid Shah, Atif Alam, Sabah Kamal, and Dr. Nazma.
The RMI Sports Gala will continue for four days in which more than three hundred and fifty athletes will participate in five different sports. More than hundred matches of cricket, basketball, futsal, badminton and table tennis will be played in the event.
The colorful ceremony started with the players lighting the torch, after which the start of the sports gala was announced by CEO RMI Shafiqur Rehman while Dr. Muhammad Bin Afsar Jan releases pegions alongside with the players as a symbol of peace through Sports. On this occasion, CEO Shafiq-ur-Rehman said that all the countries that are on top of the Olympic table in the world today have promoted sports at the grassroots level.
He further said that sports change the lives of students and keep children healthy. On this occasion, Director Sports RMI Dr. Muhammad bin Afsar Jan said that RMI Sports Gala should be held every year. Efforts will be made that RMI Directorate of Sports can produce good players at national and international levels so that the name of the country can shine.
At the end, CEO RMI presented souvenirs to all the Test cricketers and other guests including Murad Khan, Ibrahim Khan, Kainat Tabasoom, Nadeem Khan, and Muhammad Hateem Khan.