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Islamabad: First National Minorities’ Sports Festival kick-starts with a razzle-dazzle opening ceremony


First National Minorities’ Sports Festival officially underway; initiated by a spectacular opening ceremony on August 7, Sunday. The event will be held in Islamabad’s Jinnah Stadium Sports Complex and will continue till August 11, Thursday. The festival will be marked by games of Cricket, Football, Basketball, Body Building, Athletics, Badminton, Weight lifting, Wrestling and Tug of War. The ceremony was marked by playing of National Anthem, while the players took part in a march past. At this occasion a Minorities’ Sports Festival torch was lit, marking the official inauguration of the event.

Pakistan's first minorities' sports festival

This festival is organized under the auspices of Ministry for Human Rights, while addressing the inauguration ceremony Federal Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael said that Pakistan never lagged behind in terms of talented athletes, however not enough resources have been brought in use nurturing their talent. “This festival has been organized to boost athletes hailing from minorities’ communities,” he said.

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He said that PML-N leadership had pledged to unify the country which has been fulfilled today. “Citizens hailing from various faiths and ethnic backgrounds make Pakistan a beautiful country,” he said. I congratulate the organizers of the event, who had strived to promote minorities’ athletes.

He further said that athletes from all over the country are participating in this festival, which will result in elevation of their talent. These athletes need backing and support so that they can represent Pakistan at international level. “I urge government to make efforts in order to polish their skills and talent,” he said.