QUETTA-President Dr Arif Alvi has said that sports activities always led to healthy competition by promoting discipline and character building, especially among youth.
Addressing the concluding ceremony of 34th National Games on Tuesday, the President said that by holding national sports event, a message was given to the entire world that Balochistan was a peaceful province. “Different genres of games always help in promotion of mental health, character building, team work, and healthy competition at different levels.
“Quaid-e-Azam and Fatima Jinnah always encouraged young people of the country to take part in healthy activities and stressed upon imbibing the spirit of unity, faith and discipline in all walks of life. Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah paid special focus on girls guide to strengthen the organizational discipline,” Dr Alvi added. Governor Balochistan Malik Abdul Wali Khan Karkar, provincial minister for sports, chief secretary, officials, athletes and a large number of spectators were present during the ceremony.
About Balochistan, the President said: “The province is rich with natural and mineral resources. For physical health, regular exercise and other sports activities must be made a part of life as they are vital for healthy living.” He also appreciated all the stakeholders for the excellent arrangements and sportsmen for competing in the games. He termed holding of National Games in Quetta as ‘another feather in province’s cap’.
Dr Alvi urged the youth to follow Quaid’s three guiding words ‘unity, faith and discipline’ as beacon for achieving success in future. He said the country’s youth should have faith in their talents as no power in the world could hamper their quest for success in life.
The President expressed his hope that young people would utilize their capabilities for the progress and development of the province. He also recollected his childhood and youth’s days when sports activities were regularly held at the educational institutions. He said at the global level, TV channels promoted games across the world.