ARIF MEHMOOD KHAN
ISLAMABAD: Federal minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Dr Fehmida Mirza, met with admiral, Mr. Moazzam Ilyas, President Services Sports Control Board ,today at her office. Matters of mutual interest became part of discussion.Dr Fehmida stated:“I am very passionate about promotion of sports in the country, and as long as I am in this Ministry, I want to see an upswing and improvement in promotion of sports at macro level in Pakistan. We have got immense potential and talent and that’s why I have always encouraged competent, vibrant and talented people to come forward.”She expressed the desire to venture for restructuring and revamping Pakistan sports complex, as Pakistan has to conduct SAF games in year 2021. Therefore, she remarked that for accomplishing this task both the parties should cooperate, as most of the sports federations as well as many of the award-winning athletes have background from the services.Regarding sports diplomacy, she affirmed that sports are imperative in projecting a soft image of the country to the international community and that’s why she wants to conduct an international conference on the topic.  While asserting that sports diplomacy can do wonders in improving and building our relations with all other countries, she also talked about sports tourism and how It can generate revenue for Pakistan.Dr Fehmida also discussed with the Admiral the idea of “sports rehabilitation” and sought the cooperation in this field too. She described him in detail that how under this rehab program, non-school going children from all the less developed areas of Pakistan would be trained in the centers. Instead of giving them space to get indulged in illicit activities, their actual potential in sports would be tapped, and  this would not only  help in the overall promotion of peace in the country, but would also bring a good name to Pakistan, she emphasized.Moreover, the Minister laid great stress on theg subject of “sports psychiatry” to be taught to all the athletes. She told that she is in contact with Michigan Sports Board, HEC and other physical education universities, regarding this. Sports psychiatry can help to boost the confidence level of the players especially our young players who have to represent the country at international level and can help them to win more laurels for the country.While concluding the meeting, Admiral Moazzam Ilyas assured the Minister of full support and cooperation and agreed to administer joint plan of action to achieve the desired results.

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