Lahore: The U-19 Asian Rugby championship Division Third will be starting from October 2,2013 at Punjab stadium Lahore. Four International teams will take part in this International event which will help in improving Pakistan’s image in the world moreover many other International events will be promoted in the country, says Minister YASAT Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan while addressing to a press conference here at National Hockey Stadium,Lahore.The Director General Sports Punjab Usman Anwar ,President of Pakistan Rugby Union Fozi Khuwaja,Ismail Qadir the tournament director and International Rugby board’s representative Mathew and Kullay were present there too.
“Government of the Punjab has already hosted a splendid international football event similarly the Asian U-19 Rugby championship will mark the history”, said Rana Mashood. Four International teams including India, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan will face each other.
India and Afghanistan teams have arrived Pakistan whereas Uzbekistan is expected to arrive here today. The fool proof security has been provided to all the teams . On the first day of the event, two semi finals will be played whereas on the final day of the event, October 5,2013 ,the third position and the final match will be held.
The first match shall be held in between Pakistan and Afghanistan whereas the second tournament will be played between India and Uzbekistan.” This International event contains officials from various countries along with the Referees from Sri Lanka and Judicial Officer from Malaysia”, Rana Mashood further told.”
The Government of the Punjab is taking steps to promote International sports in Pakistan and to revive sports culture in the province ,plans are under consideration among all ,the prominent most are Sports Academies, Sports Endowment funds and Sports university. Moreover, the Youth Festival is also expected soon”, informed Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan.