PESHAWAR, 19 January: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sports Department arranged a reception in honor of players who displayed outstanding performances during the past year.

Provincial Minister for Sports Mehmood Khan was the chief guest at the reception, held in Qayum Sports Complex here on Thursday. Directress General Sports, Rasheed Ghaznavi, Assistant Director Azizullah Khan, other officials and players also attended the reception.

The provincial minister gave away a cash prize of Rs50,000 to Muhammad Ismail for beating Army’s national karate champion. The silver medalist Muhammad Imran was given Rs15,000 while bronze medalist Muhammad Israr was given Rs7500 cash prizes. A collective cash prize of Rs30,000 was also given to other members of the karate team.

The 10-year old Hamza Roman was also given Rs50,000 cash award. Roman has achieved a number of titles so far in such a tender age. Cash grant was also given to ailing football player Tahir Shah for his treatment.

Speaking on the occasion, Mehmood Khan said that the provincial government has allocated special funds for the welfare of players in the Annual Development Fund (ADP). He said that the Directorate of Sports was compiling the report of players who had been performing well on national and international levels.

The minister also informed that the provincial games of under-23 years old players would begin on Feb 1.