LAHORE - Director General of Sports Punjab Dr Asif Tufail has announced plans to introduce a monthly stipend program for standout athletes from the recent Rising Punjab Games. The announcement came during a pivotal meeting held at the National Hockey Stadium on Monday, focused on team formation and the establishment of a reward system for exceptional performers. “Starting March this year, we aim to implement a scholarship scheme for our high achievers,” Dr Tufail stated. The program will offer monthly stipends of Rs 70,000, Rs 50,000, and Rs 30,000 across three tiers – Diamond, Gold, and Silver, respectively – to the top male and female athletes from the Inter-Division sports competitions for a year. “These stipends are designed to motivate our young athletes, encouraging them to refine their skills further,” he remarked.