LOWER DIR: The annual sports’ competitions among government and private high and higher secondary schools in Lower Dir started in Lower Dir here on Monday. The district education officer Mahboob Ilahi along with the sports’ organizing committee general secretary Principal Salahud Din formally inaugurated the events at a function held at government higher secondary school Haya Serai. Speaking on the occasion the officials said the sports’ competitions would continue till Nov 20 in which more than 200 government and private schools would take part. They said that cricket, hockey, football, volleyball, basketball, badminton, table tennis, tug of war, Physical Training show, gymnastics and declamation contests had been included in the tournament. The officials said that different games among high and higher secondary schools would be held on different grounds. They termed sports vital for the overall development of school children. They said that all government schools had been directed strictly to participate in the ongoing competitions as sporting was a basic right of students.