Lahore: The District Level of the Punjab Youth Festival 2012, which is the fourth stage of the hectic 90-day long activity, has competitions in 23 categories of events throughout the province on Monday.
Apart from sports events including athletics, badminton, table tennis, billiard, arm wrestling, tug or war, kabaddi, taekwondo, weightlifting, bodybuilding and hockey, there were also qirat, and naat khani competitions while the other general category events will be held on Tuesday at different venues of the province.
The competitions in the said events are being held in all the 36 districts of the nine divisions and till Monday noon 23 competitions of sports were held in which around 500 people in individual and team events took part and 118 won the events.
In Lahore district competitions of sports were held at Iqbal Park Sports Complex and Punjab Stadium. At Iqbal Park, badminton, athletics cricket hard ball and tape ball events were held while at the Punjab Stadium around athletics of secondary school were held in eight categories and around girl athletes of 35 schools took part in the competitions.
Mamona Arshad of Ferozpur won the shot-putt event of the Schools category of the Festival at the Punjab Stadium while Rashida Zafar was declared second.
In long jump, Fatima Zqaman of Pak Standard left everyone behind while Ramsha Arif of Shadman girls high school was second. Similarly, Iqra Javed of Milli Darul Atfal was the winner and Mibra Irum was placed second Samsani Khoi School.
In the 200 metres race Iqra was the clear winner and Armas was adjudged second and similarly in 400 metres, Khadija was the winner and in 800 metres Khadija won the first position while Naila and Halima were declared second and third.
Similarly at Iqbal Park athletics events, Mohammad Ishaq of Wagha Town UC 62 won the 800 metres while Mohammad Ali of Gulberg Town UC 98 was placed second.
In 1500 metres race, Majid Ali of Wagha Town UC 62 and Mutafar Ali of Iqbal Town UC 113 were the winner and runner-up while in long jump, Mohammad Younas of Wagha Town UC 51 jumped to victory while Adnan Nazir of Shahdra Town and in Shot-Putt Aleem Butt of Gulberg Town UC 98 got the first position while he was followed by Nadeem Akhtar of Aziz Bhatti Town UC 48.
At Jehlum district of Rawalpindi division, around 74 youngsters took part in the sports competitions and 18 won their events. At Gujranwala district 90 took part in the events and 45 took the top position.
At Lodhran, 53 were registered for the sporting events and 26 won their events of taekwondo, weightlifting, bodybuilding, billiard and hockey and Dera Ghazi Khan’s participation came as a surprise where 132 took part in Muzaffargarh and at Layyah had 70 participants with 26 and three getting their names listed among the top performers.