Islamabad, September 12, 2019 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Railways is determined to play its constructive role in the development and promotion of a true sports culture in the country by enlarging its sports base with the inclusion of fresh blood in various sports disciplines. This was stated by Pakistan Railways Sports Board President (PRSB) Shahid Aziz in a press conference at Ghari Shahu Stadium, here on Thursday. He said that there was a visible decline in the standard of sport in last few years but PRSB is making passionate efforts to regain its past glory in national sports with the inclusion of upcoming talented sportspersons. When asked about the 2% sports quota was not implemented in the past, Aziz informed that PRSB had already put up a summary to the top Management in this regard and after its approval it would provide jobs to deserved and talent sportspersons.
PRSB President informed that teams in various sports disciplines were being strengthened and added that Railways would vigorously participate in the forthcoming National Games in Peshawar and training camps for the preparation were in progress. “I am hopeful that Railways would be on the victory stand”, he asserted. PRSB Vice-President Hamdan Nazir informed that Pakistan Railways has applied for the membership of a France based Union Sportive Internationale Descheminots (USIC) which would help us to participate in international sports events to avoid cumbersome procedure to get permission from national sports federations. When asked that PCB had abandoned departmental cricket what measures PRSB would take to save their cricketers, Hamdan said that Railways had intended to organize Corporate League in the country in collaboration with FBR.
“Our negotiations with FBR are in the final stage. If we concluded successfully not only Railways but cricketers of other departments would also benefit”, he asserted. He also added that Pakistan Railways wished to establish a Football Academy with the cooperation of a Spain based Football Club to train and coach new talent in the game. To a question Hamdan agreed to a question that huge funds were needed for the execution of their plans but said that sports had become an industry and PRSB would approach potential sponsors to support their aims.
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