The 19th Annual PBS-Pakistan Bible Society Sports Festival commenced at Jillani Racecourse Park, Lahore.
The Sports festival was inaugurated with Interfaith Harmony T-20 Cricket Matches, 3000 m Race, Aerobic and Gymnastic stunts.
Mr. Anthony Aijaz Lamuel, General Secretary Pakistan Bible Society, explained that the purpose of this annual sports festival is to discourage the youth from negative activities like drugs and involve them in healthy activities. Added that Pakistan Bible Society prays for the prosperity, development, peace and brotherhood in Pakistan.
Further, Mr. Irfan Francis informed that the participation is as follows:
- – 32 teams in T-20 Cricket tournaments,
- – 24 teams in Basketball,
- – 24 teams in tape ball tournament,
- – 24 Teams in Badminton Tournament,
- – 8 Teams in Football League, and
- – more than 100 athletes are participating from the Punjab province in 3000m, 1500m, 800m, 400m, 200m, 100m and long jumps.
Maulana Asim Makhdoom and Asghar Arif Chishti praising the efforts of Pakistan Bible Society, appreciated the contribution of the festival in developing religious harmony among the communities and especially in youth. They said that during last 19 years, it is a very encouraging that this festival has played a vital role in creating social cum inter faith harmony.
Rt. Rev. Irfan Jamil, Bishop of Lahore adviced the youth that they should participate in such programs so that “we should be besides being good believers in God can also become healthy citizens of our beloved country Pakistan.” He specially prayed for the Peace, Prosperity and solidarity of the Pakistan followed by the national anthem.