Karachi: The Gwadar international traditional sports and games festival will be held in November next year, ARY Sports reported.
Sports ministers and delegates, including 400 athletes from 45 countries, will grace the festival in Gwadar. The games include javelin throwing, traditional archery, camel racing, belt wrestling, and Chinese culture sports.
The Government of Balochistan and the Pakistan Council for Traditional Sports and Games (PCTSG), headed by Senator Muhammad Ali Saif, have drawn up a master plan to introduce the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project to the world through traditional sports.
According to details, the delegation of Pakistan Traditional Sports and Games has given the plan to the government of Balochistan.
A four-member delegation led by ICTSG President and PCTSG Patron-in-Chief Khalil Ahmad Khan called on Balochistan Sports Secretary Mir Imran Gachki in Quetta. The delegation included General Secretary Pakistan Traditional Sports and Games Barrister Iftikhar, Finance Secretary Kazim Ali Chingizi, Director Media Tariq Ali, Vice President Khalid Shah and Major Ali.
Sports Secretary assured the delegation of his full cooperation but final approval would be given by Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal.
400 athletes from 45 countries will participate, international referees will also be invited. Sports ministers and delegates from more than 45 countries, including DG UNESCO, will also come to Gwadar to watch the traditional games. The Festival will enhance the prestige of Pakistan and Gwadar which is being held in Pakistan for the first time.
“Local ministers would have to show local hospitality of Balochistan while hosting the athletes while a traditional village-style venue would be set up in Gwadar to accommodate the athletes,” Khalil Ahmed said.
“This is just the beginning of sports tourism. The world would have a great opportunity to witness BRI and CPEC. The Balochistan government will soon announce an organizing committee for the event,” he added.