PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has allocated Rs7.5 billion for development of sports infrastructure and providing facilities in merged tribal districts.

This was stated by KP Senior Minister for Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs Muhammad Atif Khan after a meeting with recently-appointed KP Vice Chairman of the Sports and Youth Management Committee  Shahid Khan Shinwari on Thursday. The minister said the KP government has earmarked a record Rs10 billion funds for various sports projects, including Rs7.5 billion for tribal districts.

Atif Khan said the provincial government is making efforts to bring tribal youth at par with the youth of other part of the country. He said most of the funds have already been released. The minister said there is no dearth of sports talent in the merged districts and tribal youth need support and facilities to polish this talent to compete on the national and international level.

The minister said that under the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the KP government is taking steps to bring the tribal youth into the mainstream. He said Rs1 billion has been earmarked only for arranging 42 sports competitions in seven tribal districts and six sub-districts (former frontier regions). Besides that, he said, sports complexes will be made in all merged districts and mini sports complexes will be built in sub-districts. He said the government has earmarked Rs7,500 million for establishment of sports complexes.

Atif Khan said establishment of sports complexes will enable the tribal youth to get sports training and make practice to polish their skills and talent. He said sports activities are being promoted in merged districts to keep the youth away from negative activities and provide them health environment. He said facilities will be provided equally to male and female players in tribal districts. He said female players will also participate in the sports tournaments.

The minister further revealed that an amount of Rs7.5 million has been released for the upgradation of sports complexes in Mardan, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan and Haripur and Rs20 million has been approved for indoor gymnasium in Buner. He said Rs25 million has been released to set up 20 squash courts.

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