CHITRAL: DCO Chitral has agreed to establish
Paragliding Club in Chitral to attract local and international gliders
in a meeting held here on Wednesday.
With the establishment of the Paragliding Club in Chitral, this is
topographically and geographically suitable for the same purpose, DCO Mutasim Billah Shah said while chairing a high level meeting. Tehsil
Nazim Chitral Sartaj Ahmad Khan, Tehsil Nazim Mastuj Shahzada Sikandarul Mulk, who is also president of District Polo Association and
representatives of other sports associations attended the meeting.
He said that Chitral is very suitable due to high altitude. He said
that land at Birmogh Lasht is very much suitable for paragliding as foreigner's paraglide also use it. A camp office for paragliding club
will be opened at Booni and main office at Chitral to facilitate all
those interested in the thrilling sports.
He said Shundoor Polo tournament is our traditional game and steps
would be ensured to promote it further.
He also assured for opening of a sports office at Chitral to guide
and support players of the district.
He also assured for compensating and granting of honoraria to polo
players who over the year rendered their services for achieving the name
and fame for the district and country.
The meeting suggested that the services of old footballers could be
utilized to patronize the game in the district.
The meeting also agreed to upgrade the present infrastructure of the
sports in the district so that more and more youngsters would be
providing due facilities. The meeting also discussed a feasible place
for paragliding championship as a paraglider will fly from Chitral to
Hunza Vally at Northern Area and back to Mastuj.
Sikandarul Mulk, on this occasion informed the meeting that he had
offered free land for playground and hopefully positive response from Pakistan Cricket Board will come. The meeting said that action would be taken against those involved in encroachment in the playing field
including polo ground.
The meeting expressed anguish over the occupation of polo ground at
Ayun, Koghuzi and Chitral. DCO in this connection directed the concerned quarters to vacate the places immediately.
The meeting was informed that Chitral Association for Mountain Area
Tourism (CAMAT) might be motivated and activated for promotion of
sports and tourism. They said that polo is a costly game and players
of polo should be given allowance for horses. The meeting said that 2 percent budget has been already earmarked for sports in the local
government system but the said fund has not been utilized for the
promotion or organization of sports.
DCO also proposed for arranging tour of Chitral polo players to
Northern Area and players of NA to Chitral for creating mutual
understand and harmony.