Hockey cannot be ignored: Governor

Lahore: Governor Punjab, Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar has said that hockey is the national sport of Pakistan and it cannot be ignored. The federal and provincial governments will use all available resources to promote hockey, the good wishes of 22 crore Pakistani people are with the national hockey team. Our national hockey team will bring laurels to the country.

He was addressing a reception at Governor House in honor of the players of Pakistan Hockey Team and officials of Hockey Federation who left for India . President of Pakistan Hockey Federation,Brigadier (retd) Muhammad Khalid. S. Khokhar, Secretary General Pakistan Hockey Federation Muhammad Asif Bajwa, Chairman Selection Committee Manzoor Hussain, and all the players of the national hockey team and junior hockey team also participated in the ceremony . Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar expressed his best wishes for the victory of the hockey team.
Talking on the occasion, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that 220 million people of Pakistan show full solidarity with their national hockey team, adding that Pakistani Hockey team will win the tournament in India and make the country proud. He said that the previous governments have been ignoring the national game of Pakistan due to which Pakistan has been lagging behind in hockey , but the current government, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, is working to promote all sports including hockey . He said that establishing playgrounds in every district of Punjab is the top priority of the government, adding that and playgrounds will also be established in tehsils after districts.
Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that the youth is the future of Pakistan, and they should be provided sports opportunities to save the them from illegal activities, adding that where playgrounds are inhabited, the young generation stays away from illegal activities. He said that the government, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan has provided employment to the youth and the steps taken for their development are unprecedented. He said that there is no shortage of talent in Pakistani youth, adding that whenever youth get the opportunity , they not only excel in the country but also bring fame to the country.

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