BAHAWALPUR: The Governor Punjab Muhammad Balighur Rehman has said that sports are a healthy pastime and it inculcates sportsmen’s spirit. He congratulated Additional Chief Secretary South Punjab Capt. (Rtd) Saqib Zafar for the organising a successful rowing competitions and said the seed of rowing competition that has been sown today will become a fruitful tree in the future.He announced to organize national level rowing competitions in South Punjab and directed to prepare a plan in this regard. He was speaking as the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the first rowing championship held under the auspices of the South Punjab Secretariat at Bahawalpur. A large number of citizens were present on the occasion. Administrative secretaries of South Punjab, Deputy Commissioner, DPO and officers of all departments were also present. Governor Punjab said boating clubs will be established to promote water sports in South Punjab and asked universities and government institutions of South Punjab to come forward in this regard. Mohammad Balighur Rahman said land will be leased to boating clubs to build their offices and stores for boats. He directed to find another canal track for rowing and
asked to prepare a plan to organize motor boat and biker races also. The Governor said a biker belonging from Bahawalpur was going to USA to participate in the race, which was a matter of pride. Additional Chief Secretary South Punjab Capt. (Rtd) Saqib Zafar thanked Governor Punjab,while addressing the ceremony, thanks The Governor Punjab for gracing the event. He said to provide entertaintment the residents of in Bahawalpur city, it was decided to organize rowing competitions near the city. He said it was and an honour for South Punjab Secretariat for hold rowing competition for the first time in the history of South Punjab. Capt. (retd) Saqib Zafar said international players are participating in this competition including 24 women and 24 men.He hoped that in the coming days, the sport of rowing will become the identity of Bahawalpur like the Cholistan Desert Jeep Rally. He suggested to hold few events of Cholistan Desert Jeep Rally in Bahawalpur city to promote hoteling and other business activities and further said that this will benefit the economy of the city as well as economy of Cholistan. The Additional Chief Secretary paid tribute to Humayun Akhtar, Haroon Rasheed and his entire team for organizing the successful event. Earlier, balloons were released in the air and pigeons were freed on the occasion of the inauguration of the rowing competition.The players marched past the stage by rowing boats and saluted the chief guest. The national anthem was also played on this occasion.