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Date : 07 Nov 2018
Karachi, Pakistan, November 7, 2018: Sports journalists can play a positive role in establishing Pakistan as a safe country for visiting teams and for sports fans, former Minister of Sports Dr Syed Junaid Ali Shah told participants at the inaugural Young Sports Reporters Programme in Pakistan.
The programme was initiated to hone and develop the skills of aspiring journalists in the region. It began in Karachi on Monday. The five-day event is organised by the Sports Journalists Association of Sindh, a provincial unit of the Pakistan Sports Writers Federation.
For the first time in Pakistani history, young sports journalists from Afghanistan, Iran and Nepal are taking part alongside young sports reporters from Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta. Participants from Malaysia and Saudi Arabia are also expected to participate.
Welcoming all the young reporters, Dr Shah said: “Sport plays a big part in our society and sports journalists can play a positive role to establish Pakistan as a safe country for sports lovers as well as sportsmen.”
Cricket, which is probably the most popular sport in Pakistan, along with hockey, has seen international teams boycott the country due to security worries. Zimbabwe was the last team to visit Pakistan, in 2015, ending a six-year drought of international cricket. A World XI also played a three-match T20 series last September. The Pakistan national team hosts its Test and ODIs in the United Arab Emirates.
Amjad Aziz Malik, Secretary General, International Sports Press Association (AIPS) of Asia and President of the Pakistan Sports Writers Federation, called it a historic day for Pakistani sports journalism. “These kinds of workshops will help young reporters to polish their skills.”
The Chief Guest, Senior Provincial Minister Nasir Hussain Shah, assured the media that the Pakistan People’s Party would provide all kind of support to the journalists’ community.
“We are always available for journalists financially and trying to solve their problems,” said Minister Shah, who also hailed the organisers for initiating such a programme.
A number of senior journalists - including Iqbal Jamil, Mehmood Sham, Anisuddin Khan, Zubair Nazeer Khan, Kamal Siddique and Atiq ur-Rahman - addressed the new generation of sports reporters, sharing their experience with them. The senior journalists were later presented a souvenir by Minister Shah.
Article by Muhammad Usama, Pakistan Sports Writers Federation
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