Events get wider, competitive


As the Punjab Youth Festival 2012 is moving towards upper level the competitions are getting challenging and tougher for the participants while the categories and sectors are getting wider and extensive.
On Sunday, the Tehsil level, which is the third phase of the Festival, drew the attention of the participants towards quality of competitions. And in sports alone nearly 30,000 took part in different events while the general category events also drew the same number of attention. From among the total participants 8331 were the winners. The competitions in the Tehsil level started on September 18 and 137 Union Councils are involved in 91 events being held in 10 sectors of the society. In Lahore division, 1449 people took part in different sports events while 608 were the winners while the Lahore city saw more than 1000 involved in 19 events and 445 turned out to be the winners.
In Gulberg Town, 348 took part in the events including cricket tape ball, hard ball, basketball, table tennis, chess, tug of war, arm wrestling, football, badminton, billiard and athletics while weightlifting and bodybuilding was held at Ravi town apart from the other events.
In Shalimar Town, athletics competitions were held at union council 21 and Ahmed Farooq won first position, union council 22’s Saifi ullah was declared second whereas Umer Sadaqat of the same union council achieved third position. In Tug of War, union council 18 defeated union council 22. In Billiard, union council 22 beat union council 21, 2-0. In the Table Tennis competitions, union council 17 beat union council 18, 2-0. Union council 19 outplayed union council 20, 2-0 and union council 22 defeated union council 21, 2-0. In the Badminton tournaments, union council 20 beat union council 19, 2-0. The score was 21-19, 21-11 whereas union council 22 beat union council 21, 2-0. In the Chess, union council 22’s Arshad beat union council 21’s Tayyab 1-0. In Cricket Hardball, union council 18’s Adnan XI defeated union council 22’s Amir XI by 40 runs. In the second match, union council 19’s Akbar XI beat union council 21’s Shahbaz XI by 5 wickets. In Samanabad town, Badminton tournaments, union council 92 beat union council 104. At Sheik-gupura, 386 took part in the same above events and 108 were the winners while competitions of mat and mud wrestling were also witnessed at Muridke where 36 wrestlers took part in the competitions and 12 won their bouts.
In other parts of the province, active participation was recorded as in Bhakkar 511 took part in seven events of cricket, athletics, arm wrestling and tug of war and 66 got top position. Similarly at Nankana Sahib, 117 players participated in naat khani, qirat, badminton and chess and fate favoured 63 people. At two districts of Sahiwal, a total of 660 took part in team sports events and 52 got to the top. In Sahiwal alone 310 got involved in arm wrestling, athletics, volleyball and cricket while 350 took part in different events in Pakpattan. Vehari saw participation of 300 people in football, hockey and cricket events and half of the won their matches. In Dera Ghazi Khan’s districts of Layyah 642 took part in 13 events and 40 were the winners.