LAHORE  - Speakers at Hameed Nizami Press Institute of Pakistan stressed the need for expanding sports and entertainment activities to the youth so that they could be involved in healthy activities.

The views were expressed at a seminar on ‘Opportunities of Healthy Entertainments for Youth—Status and Problems’ Tuesday at HNPIP Auditorium near China Chowk. 

Hockey Federation of Pakistan Chairman Akhtar Rasool Ch presided over while DG Sports and Youth Affairs Usman Anwer and TV artist Qavi Khan were chief guests on occasion. Speakers included Kite Lovers Association President Khalid Malik and Waqt News Sports Anchor Hafiz Imran.

Akhtar Rasool said that 2pc sports quota in educational institutions was not enough. How an institution can establish a team of players with so less number of players? he questioned. He said that the need was to increase sports based seats in universities and colleges to bring sports revolution.

He said that the government should also finance the sports organisations so that they could create good players. Recalling golden days of the hockey, he said, the national game won a good name for the country but today it was being ignored.

Usman Anwer said that 63pc youth is the greatest asset of the nation. If we develop good number of sportsmen, a good and healthy environment in the country will welcome us, the DG said. He said that the festivals earned a good name for the country and this practice will continue in future as well. The talents Pakistanis have in all fields including sports is missing in other countries, he said.

Qavi Khan said that the when artists work with devotion they not only entertain people but educate them as well. The drama once was a healthy activity that used to send message to the masses.

Hafiz Imran said that the founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam himself inaugurated national games in March 1948 that was a great reference towards importance of games in Pakistan. Lamenting the government’s lack of interest in promoting sports he said that the need was to focus and foster games in the country.

Sportsmen, he said, were ambassadors of the country who promote peace and soft image of the country. He said that the games need sponsorship of government otherwise the situation would further deteriorate. He said that the promotion of sports could promote education in the country.

Khalid Malik said that kiting was not a bad activity. The need is only to regulate the game to minimise damage. He said that the government should allow kiting in the controlled zone so that it could flourish in the country.