Jamaima Afridi

PESHAWAR: For the first time in the history of Khyber tribal district, a coaching camp has been organised for sportswomen of the area in which 40 girls are participating.

The training camp will continue at Hayatabad Sports Complex Peshawar, situated near the boundary of Khyber district, for one week. Services of qualified women coaches have been acquired to train the sportswomen in volleyball, athletics, badminton and table tennis.

Member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly from Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) Baseerat Bibi and Director Sports merged districts Muhammad Nawaz Khan inaugurated the camp. Khyber Sports and Youth Affairs Officer Rahid Gul Mallagori and Assistant Director Training of Sports Hanif were also present on the occasion.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Baseerat Bibi said she was excited to see girls of Khyber district playing different games. She said the participation of girls in the training and coaching programs is a good omen for development of the area. She said participation of women in sports and other healthy activities is beneficial for society as a healthy mother can ensure a healthy family.

“I am pleased to notice that girls besides their education are also taking part in co-curricular activities,” she said.

Director Sports Muhammad Nawaz Khan said Directorate of Sports Merged Areas is always ready to provide all facilities to sportswomen. He said all the sportswomen will be provided modern training to enable them to compete at provincial, national and even international level. He said sportswomen will be groomed to enable them to polish their skills and make name for them and their country.

“It is very encouraging to see that more girls are now coming forward to take part in sports activities. It’s in sharp contrast to the past practice when it was almost impossible for women to take part in sports,” he said.

He welcomed all the sportswomen and expressed hope that these girls will polish their talent and improve their game during the given opportunity.

Meanwhile, the Sports Department distributed shoes and kits among girls participating in the training and coaching program. The sportswomen said they are determined to make the most of the training.