Revival of sports in Balochistan
A hockey player trying hard to win the match during the Chief Minister Hockey Tournament in Quetta: Photo taken from the FB page of Sports Department Balochistan

Revival of sports in Balochistan

Editorial :

The revival of sports activities in Balochistan is a good omen for peace and development of the province plagued by violence. After 17 years, a hockey tournament organized in Quetta in connection with the Pakistan Day celebrations recently.

The masses of the province have suffered a lot as a result of worsening law and order situations in the past. Now they need a healing touch and space to play their due role in the development and prosperity of the country.

Thousands of spectators turned out to witness the match 

Thousands of spectators turned out to witness the Chief Minister Hockey Gold Cup at the Ayub Stadium. Indeed there is no dearth of talent in Balochistan. It is all about facilities and opportunities.

Shakeel Abbasi and Zeeshan, the world-fame hockey Olympians are also part of the hockey tournament in Quetta. This is a matter of immense pleasure that both world-fame players belong to Quetta. A total of 12 teams from all provinces and parts of Pakistan are playing in the tournament.

Balochistan produces world-fame players

Balochistan has produced world-fame players in all sports. Unfortunately, the sportsmen from Balochistan gain little space on the national level. For instance, cricket players from Balochistan made tireless efforts to gain space in the national team. Despite this all, Balochistan has no representation in the national cricket team.

Even in the PSL matches, the province has no player in the Quetta Gladiators. Although, cricket-lovers from this part of the country support the Quetta Gladiators despite zero representation.

Football tournament also held after 17 years in Quetta 

The Balochistan Sports Department deserves appreciation for organizing a football tournament after 17 years. Thousands of football fans turned out at Ayub Stadium to witness football matches.

Balochistan has six teams in a total of 12 A-grade football teams in the country. This is encouraging. Moreover, still, a lot needs to be done on the part of the government to encourage football players. Chaman’s Kaleemullah has earned a good name for the country and nation.

Kaleemullah has played in international football teams. Such players need to be encouraged supported by the sports department and other concerned quarters.

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