Lahore: The District Level of the Punjab Youth Festival 2012 commenced all over the province on Sunday as the competitions in the next seven days would be held in 147 sports and general category events.
These 147 events have been divided among 14 sectors of the society with sports sector having five sectors and the remaining nine are of general category while total prize money at stake would be Rs 1577,300.
On the opening day Pet Competition of fancy Birds was held at Expo Centre Lahore where MNA Mahreen Anwar Raja was the surprise guest and was amused to see the beauty and well-trained behavior of the pet birds.
Poultry Production 16 Cooper Road and Livestock and Dairy Development Programme organsied this bird show as part of the Punjab Youth Festival under the supervision of Dr Mohammad Naeem, Abdul Rehman and Dr Mohamamd Sadiq Gul who also established an information cell. Contratry to the expectations a large number of people including families and children came to watch the different type birds and the beauty of the nature. Also present on the occasion were Dr MY Rizwan, Dr Mohamamd NAeem, Hafiz Naseer of Lachman Pharmaceuticals and more than 150 species of birds were put on display.
Director General Sports Board and Youth Affairs while giving the details of the District Level, which stands fourth in the Events Flow Chart of the festival, said that separate competitions for boys and girls schools at secondary and college level are part of this stage. “Apart from competitions in sports the boys and girls of secondary schools and college and the general public will compete in a minimum of eight sports events while a maximum of 19 sports events will be contested in general public sector,” he informed.
“The public would be competing in three categories of arm wrestling, eight athletic events, badminton, billiard, cricket (tape ball and hard ball), tug of war, volleyball, bodybuilding in three weight categories, football, fun race of 2.5 kilometres, weightlifting in three weight classes, basketball, chess, hockey, kabaddi, mat wrestling, mud wrestling, table tennis, karate in three classes, taekwondo in the same number of body weights and tent pegging,” he added.
Usman further stated that the male and female events will be held separately or on alternate days while the college sector of males and females will have intake from District level. @The secondary school (male) will compete in 13 sports events while females will have competitions in eight sports.
“In College (male) there will be competitions in 19 sports and the battle of supremacy among college female students will be seen in nine sports events,” said Usman. “The general category events include naat khani, qirat, cooking, horticulture, painting, photography, poetry/mushaira, milli naghme, calligraphy, dress designing, stitching, handicraft, family dressing, kitchen gardening, healthy baby and pet competitions,” he added.
He further informed that male and female students of elementary schools will have competitions in debate,essay writing, milli naghme, naat khano, painting and qirat while similar nature of events with an addition of some more categories have been included in the events list of secondary and college students.
“Like in the Tehsil stage, District level also have competitions of bull, dog, horse, bull cart, donkey cart races, tippling, pigeon flying, best agriculture and best livestock produce,” he said.
Usman Anwar said that the competitions will be held simultaneously at all the 36 districts of the province and the winners of the previous levels would form teams of their Youth and Development Councils, Union Councils and Tehsils to take part in the District level.