LAHORE – Punjab Sports and Youth Secretary Asadullah Faiz on Thursday inaugurated five international standard tennis courts adjacent to the tennis stadium at Nishtar Park Sports Complex.
DG Sports Punjab Muhammad Tariq Qureshi, Sports Director Nadeem Qaiser, Youth Affairs Director Syed Omair Hasan, Deputy Directors Rauf Bajwa and Chand Perveen, DSO Tanveer Shah, PLTA Secretary Rashid Malik (SBP Head Coach), Aces of tennis Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, Aqeel Khan and Ushna Sohail, the best national male and female tennis players, as well as a large number of tennis officials and enthusiasts were also present on this occasion.
Sports Secretary Asadullah Faiz and DG Sports Punjab Tariq Qureshi also attended exhibition matches between Aisam Qureshi and Aqeel Khan and tennis players Ushna Suhail and Noor Malik.
Speaking on the occasion, Rashid Malik and national tennis stalwarts Aisam and Aqeel thanked the SBP and Punjab Sports Department for launching international standard tennis facilities. “Sports Board Punjab has done its job in building world class tennis courts, now it is the job of the players to work hard and win glories for the country.
“Nowadays young players enjoy first class tennis facilities which were not available to us. The tennis courts have modern facilities which are very nice to see. Hopefully the children of tennis will benefit from this facility international level and will train hard under the able guidance of SBP coaches and excel at a higher level,” they added.
Sports Secretary Asadullah Faiz said it was a great pleasure that a state-of-the-art tennis facility had been launched for the talented tennis players in the province. “These courts are equipped with all international standard facilities and we will now be able to organize international level tennis tournaments at our own venues.”
Asadullah said the Punjab Sports Department has fulfilled its responsibility and now its obligation to our coaches, trainers and young male and female tennis players to make the most of these facilities and hone their skills. “The main objective of these modern tennis courts and this academy is to prepare young players from 5 to 10 years old up to U-12, U-13 and U-16. In this way, we will be able to produce several stars tennis in the future,” he added.
He said it was the first public sector tennis academy built to international standards. “Four separate training courts have been constructed for the junior players of the tennis academy. The Punjab Sports Department organizes three major tennis events – Punjab Open Tennis, National Tennis Tournament and Asian Tennis Championship junior tennis in the near future.
SBP DG Tariq Qureshi said talented players will benefit from top level sports facilities so that they can win laurels for the country in international sports competitions. “Bringing young people into sporting activities is our mission and we will use all our resources for this purpose.