Peshawar international marathon race in Dec this year: Junaid Khan

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PESHAWAR: DG Sports KP Junaid Khan Tuesday confirmed that the Pakistan’s biggest Peshawar International Marathon Race of 42.5km will be organized in December this year wherein athletes from around 40 countries of the world participate.
The Peshawar International Marathon, carrying handsome prize money of US $ 200,000, will be the biggest event after London and Mumbai Marathons. The event is the joint venture of the Directorate of Sports and Directorate of Youth Affairs KP.
The delegations was received by DG Sports and DG Youth Affairs KP on their arrival at the Peshawar Sports Complex in their last leg of two-day visit to Peshawar. The five members AIPS Asian delegates were briefed by DG Sports Junaid Khan about the upcoming mega events – Peshawar International Marathon Race and National Youth Carnival Mega Challenge-2017.
DG Sports Junaid Khan underlined the importance that has been given by the govt to sports besides engaging the youth in healthy activities. Mr. Junaid Khan said that two biggest events – The Peshawar International Marathon and Youth Carnival are currently in the pipeline and preparations were being made for holding the two events in befitting manners.
The delegation led by recently elected General Secretary of the AIPs Asian Amjad Aziz Malik (Pakistan) with other members comprising Bassen Rawass (Qatar), Mubarik Al Boainin (Qatar), Miss Halium Chi (Chinese Taipei), elected as Treasurer of AIPs Asia Naranjan Rajbanshi (Nepal), Parkash Timalsina (Nepal).
DG Junaid Khan disclosed that it will be the first marathon of the Pakistan’s history which carried a handsome cash prize of Rs. 20 million. He said the winner of the international athlete category of 42.5km marathon race will be awarded US $ 100,000 for first position, US $ 50,000 for second position and US $ 25000 for third position besides US $ 15000 each from 4th to 10th position and US $ 1000 each for 11th to 20th positions respectively.
He said disclosed that the international category open for all, a 10km marathon race will purely be organized for the athletes from KP and FATA. The winner will be awarded US $ 10,000 second position will get US $ 700 and third position will be awarded US $ 500. Other winners up to 10th position will get US S 300 each.
He said President Athletic Federation of Pakistan Maj Gen (Retd) Akram Sahi fully assured that the AFP would extend all out cooperation to the govt of KP. DG Youth Asfandyar Khan Khattak said that besides the International Marathon Race, KP is also holding National Youth Carnival Mega Challenge-2017.
He said more than 25000 youth from across Pakistan will come to Peshawar to participate in the NYC Mega Challenge-2017.
“We want to provide ample opportunities to the youth to come up and exhibit their hidden talent besides creating coherence among each other for a prosperous Pakistan,” he said. He said the youth would compete in drama, thematic Art, painting, Calligraphy, Short Film, Urdu Singing, English singing, Pashto Singing, Cultural Dance, Music Band, Qiraat, Spelling Bee, Sell-It, Na’at, English Declaration, Urdu Declamation, Urdu Essay Writing, , Pashto Essay Writing, Bait Bazi, Quiz Competition, Business Plan, Ad Making, Stand Up Comedy, Extra Ordinary/Unique Talent, Console Gaming (FIFA-2017), Chess and Spot Photography.
The delegation took keen interest in the briefing and assured full support in highlighting a true and softer image of Pakistan to the rest of the world. They said that they have taken sweet memories along of their visit to Peshawar and Islamabad.
Mubarik Al Boainin of Qatar said that there were more wrong perceptions and negative propaganda about Pakistan and its people but after visiting they found the people of Pakistan so loving and caring.
Miss Halium Chi of Chinese Taipei said that the food was very good and specially the people are so loving. “Everyone in Peshawar is so generous and supportive and we have enjoyed so much and now we have made so many new friends here,” she said. Naranjan Rajbanshi, Parkash Timalsina, hailing from Nepal, said that they enjoyed their stay in Islamabad and Peshawar and moved very freely in different markets. “We have some good shopping as well,” Naranjan replied.
At the end, DG Sports and DG Youth presented handmade carpets and Champion “Peshawari Chapal” to the delegates. Amjad Aziz Malik and Mubarik Al Boainin thanked them for their hospitality.

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