Bahawalpur: 10 July: Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) has announced that Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar has said that the passion and enthusiasm of citizens of Bahawalpur towards sports activities is an obvious reflection of the fact that this city can be called as “City of Sports” and this city has proudly produced legendary players in the field of hockey, who have illuminated the name of their nativity on national and international horizon. Even at present this region boasts of highly talented players. The Vice-Chancellor was addressing as Chief Guest in the inaugural ceremony of 8th All Pakistan Nishan-e-Haider Hockey Tournament at Mutiullah Khan Hockey Stadium. Teams from 12 regions are participating in this tourney. Earlier the chief guest inaugurated the tournament. He was also introduced to the members of the participating teams of opening day match, host Bahawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan. Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtar added that IUB is encouraging the participation of students in curricular and co-curricular activities and at present it retains one of the top five positions in each discipline of sports at Inter-Varsity level. A mega sports complex is nearing completion and after its construction, the facility for all indoor games will be available in this complex of international standard. The sports organizations of Bahawalpur will also be provided this facility for their sports championships. IUB is always ready to extend collaboration for holding sports events to promote positive trends in the society. The Vice Chancellor said with regards to the standard of sports and performance of university teams that a strategy is being designed to patronize the sportsmen and sportswomen of the IUB. He urged upon students to participate in sports activities and said that a healthy body is the only guarantor of a healthy and energetic nation, hence students must spend their leisure time in sports activities. Tournament Secretary Muhammad Riaz Mahr thanked the Vice Chancellor for acceding to his invitation and lauded the extensive collaboration of the university.
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