Press Release

Yasmeen Rehman Inaugurates Inter Schools/Inter-collegiate-Open Competitions of Badminton and Table Tennis for Women, announces sponsorship of her Ministry for two women gala events

Islamabad 12 May, 2010: Ms Yasmeen Rehman, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Women Development, inaugurated Inter Schools/Inter-collegiate-Open Competitions of Badminton and Table Tennis for Women here at Pakistan Sports Complex. The competitions are being organized in the name of “From Battle-field to Sports-field” under the directives of the Prime Minister of Pakistan that called for reactivating sports activities at grass-roots level. Secretary Sports and DG PSB were also present on the colorful occasion.

Addressing the young talented players of schools and colleges, Ms Yasmeen Rehman said that the Government had taken a number of initiatives regarding gender equality and elimination of violence against women and their empowerment. She recounted the commitment of Prime Minister and President who had taken special interest in the revival of sports in the country that could eradicate the menace of terrorism and involve young segment of population in healthy activities. She further said that Pakistan People’s Party’s manifesto attached high priority to the empowerment of women to ensure equal rights through economic, social, political and sports measures. She also appreciated the arrangements and efforts of Ministry of Sports and PSB in holding the exclusive women competitions in prim and proper manner.

Ms Rehman announced that the Ministry of Women development would sponsor two female sports gala events to be organized in order to commemorate the birthdays of first woman Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and Fatima Jinnah respectively in June and August.

On the occasion, the Secretary Sports, Anisul Hasnain Musavi said such activities will not only help us integrate young identified talent with ever shrinking talent pool but also supplement the talent hunt efforts of National Sports Federations which is, in reality, scarce. He said the provinces have responded positively and started cooperating with federal sports ministry in removing the bottlenecks that hamper the revival of sports activities in schools and colleges.

In table Tennis there are 64 entries in singles and 32 in doubles. Similarly in Badminton total 80 entries in single and 50 in double have been received. The competitions will be played on knock-out basis and player would be awarded cash prizes, trophies up to quarter finals and participation certificates for all participants.

Faik Ali Chachar
Director (PR & MM)
Pakistan Sports Board