Balochistan will be hosting the much-anticipated 34th National Games in a new two-phase format from May 5 to 23, marking its first time in 19 years. Over 7000 athletes and officials are expected to compete across 34 different disciplines.
Aqil Shah visited Quetta to see the overall preparation regarding the hosting of the Games and said that the 34th National Games is scheduled from May 5-23, with 34 different sporting events including four exhibition sports. He said the most thrill-packed game Futsal was also part of the overall disciplines.
Aqil Shah ,Vice President Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) also appreciated the government of Balochistan which has allocated 100 million rupees for the preparation of venues and 400 million rupees for organizing games.
He said it would be historical evidence that Quetta, the beautiful city is hosting the Games after 19-years as the last Games held in Balochistan in 2004.
He appreciated the efforts of the Sports Department Balochistan. The officials of the Olympic Association, office-bearers of the associations and federations, Shaukat Javed, Vice President POA also visited Balochistan to decide ways and means for a successful hosting of the Games.
Syed Aqil Shah, who is also President KP Olympic Association, disclosed that more than 6,000 male and female athletes and more than 1,000 officials will participate in martial arts, boxing, athletics, football, hockey, body building and other competitions at twelve different places including Ayub Sports Complex, Quetta Cantt, BUTMANS University in Quetta.
He said some events including swimming, rowing, rifle shooting and canoeing would be organized outside Quetta. Syed Aqil Shah said that swimming competitions will be held in Lahore, rifle shooting in Jhelum, rowing and canoeing would be organized in Rawal Lake in Islamabad.