Ground-breaking of Landikotal Sports Complex likely to be performed before June

Mehrab Afridi

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sports Department is planning to lay the foundation stone of a sports complex in Landikotal area of Khyber tribal district before June.

In an interview with TNN, Director General Sports KP Junaid Khan said a sports complex is direly needed in Landikotal to provide sports and training facilities to the local youth. He said an amount of Rs90 million has been approved for the project.

Junaid Khan said he is in contact with the district administration and other relevant authorities for finalising the site of the sports complex. He said he is also holding talks with the tribal elders about two proposed sites for the project. He hoped that the site for the sports complex will be finalised soon and ground-breaking of the project will be performed before June.

The establishment of a sport complex in Landikotal is a long standing demand of the local youth. The sport complex will provide training and sports facilities to the local youth to polish their skills and compete in different sports competitions on local, national and international level. There is a lot of sports talent in the tribal districts as many players are emerging from the region who are competing for Pakistan at different levels. If provided ample opportunities, the players from the region have the capability to bring even better results at sports competitions. Keeping in view these facts, the KP government is now working on the plan to build a sports complex in Landikotal.

The DG Sports Department said a proper homework was needed for initiation of the project. He said Khyber tribal district is a very important place, particularly due to its proximity with Peshawar, which is the capital of KP. He said a new project about a thousand facilities about sports is being planned for KP. He said he will endeavour to bring at least 200 such facilities from the project to the tribal districts. Junaid Khan said he has already approved eight projects for the tribal districts. He said these projects are approved for Bajaur, Mohmand, Kurram and North Waziristan tribal districts and Frontier Regions (FRs) of Peshawar, Kohat, Tank and Lakki Marwat.

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