LAHORE - Economics and Physical Education departments clinched the boys and girls team trophies respectively in the Government College University (GCU)’s 115th annual sports which concluded here Sunday.  

Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony held here at Oval Ground while vice chancellor Prof Dr M Khaleeq-ur-Rahman was also present there. The closing was marked by colourful Gymkhana events including girls’ chatti race, cricket ball throw, pillow fighting, staff children race, wheel barrow race, musical chair and old Ravians handicap race.  The most interesting moments of the gymkhana events were when the spectators witnessed the chief guest and GCU VC in action during the tug-of-war against the Old Ravians, the purpose of their participation was to send a message to promote the culture of sports among students and faculty members.  In his address, Mashhood said GCU had produced not only scientists, bureaucrats, politicians but also a lot of world class athletes and all national teams of Pakistan always had representation of the university.

The GCU VC lauded the winning students and said: “Sports have profound effect on the physical fitness and mental health of students, which ultimately enhanced their capabilities and efficiency, besides it also taught tolerance and created an environment of competition.” He added: “Promotion of sports ultimately curbs the inclination of youth towards negative activities and deter them from getting swept off their feet by retrogressive forces. Rather than getting frustrated by the ominous trends of society, students should engage themselves in sports and raise the national emblem in all international sports events.”

Earlier, in the competitions, Noreen Akhtar won chatti race, while Musarrat Abbas won musical chair. Gohar Ali won the obstacle race, the most difficult competition of the day. Islam Khan crossed the finish line fist in sack race, while M Adnan and Baqir won wheelbarrow race. Rizwana from Physical Education remained first in 60-metre girls’ race and cricket ball throw competition. Mohsin, Tariq and Waseem won four-legged race, while Abdullah Yousaf won old Ravians race.