LAHORE - The 2nd SSGC Sports Festival 2014 got off to a spirited start with a colorful opening ceremony held at its Head Office in Karachi. According to the SSGC spokesman on Friday, the festival is featuring some 800 executives competing in more than 20 indoor and outdoor events being held on four consecutive Fridays and Saturdays beginning from April 25 in different venues including the company’s Karachi Terminal Sports Club, Arena Complex, Go Aish Adventure Park and DHA Golf Club. The festival is being jointly organised by the company’s Corporate Communication Department (CCD) and HR-Organisation Development (HR-OD). The colourful opening ceremony was graced by Pakistan’s cricket great Wasim Bari as guest of honour. The ceremony featured the unveiling of the Sports Festival Mascot, launch of the official song ‘Muqabla’ which was penned and composed by SSGC employees and a comedy skit. The inaugural day featured two cricket matches between the four inter-divisional teams and some of the indoor games including snooker and scrabble. In his address, Bari lauded SSGC employees for taking time out of their busy schedules for healthy sports. He admitted that organising such grand festivals is never easy but apprised of the company’s management and the organisers for ensuring harmony within the company ranks by encouraging sports. In his speech, Yusuf J Ansari, DMD (Corporate Services) congratulated the organisers for putting together an entertaining opening ceremony. Shahbaz Islam, festival’s project lead and DGM (CCD/OD) gave a comprehensive presentation about the participating inter-divisional teams. The closing ceremony will be held on May 17.