KARACHI Federal Sports Minister Ejaz Ahmed Jhakrani has lauded the role of Athletics Fitness School for the promotion of sports at grass root level and has praised its founding coach Muhammad Talib. The founding coach of the AFS, former international 110 hurdler Muhammad Talib who met the minister here the other day at the NSTCC, gave briefing to the minister about the working of the AFS which for the last 30 years was actively engaged in the promotion of athletics and fitness at grass root level. The coach informed the minister during the past three decades over 5000 school boys and girls had received training at the school. The SA Games sprint gold medallist Naseem Hameed was amongst a number of known athletes who trained at the AFS. The minister told the founding coach, he was impressed with work that Muhammad Talib had done and said he would like to visit the AFS as soon as he got time. The minister showed keen interest in the working of the school and asked he would like to know how the school was promoting the sport at grass root level. He said the real talent in all sports laid in schools which have been neglected resulting in the decline of standards at national level. He said his ministry and the PSB on the directives of the Prime Minister had launched an extensive programme to hold competitions in various disciplines at school level to unearth talent. In the first phase, the PSB would organise inter school table tennis and badminton championship at Islamabad on May 12-14. Similar competitions will be held in near future at the capitals of all the four provinces. He told Muhammad Talib he would like to discuss in detail how sports could be promoted at grass root level when they meet next time.