PSB sets up training camps to prepare for mega events

KARACHI: Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) has launched training camps in 11 disciplines at various centers across the country for preparation for future international events.

The board said in a statement that 339 athletes are being trained by 44 domestic coaches and four foreign coaches in Islamabad, Lahore and PSB Coaching Center Quetta.

“The focus is on the fitness level and skill development of these athletes,” the board said.

The Council added that athletics, hockey, weightlifting, wushu, wrestling, handball, kabaddi, karate, volleyball, taekwondo and judo camps are ongoing.

The PSB said the services of more foreign coaches are being hired to develop the skills of athletes and prepare them for future national duty.

The board said it also pays special attention to the athletes’ nutrition and their daily financial needs for which the trainees’ pocket money has also been doubled.

“Other training camps like boxing, netball and ju-jitsu are being considered at PSB Coaching Center Karachi,” the board said.

Meanwhile, a senior PSB official told ‘The News’ that the board provides all the facilities for the athletes and hopes they will earn laurels for the country.

“Athletes have to work hard and focus on their training. We are expecting medals from potential athletes at upcoming international events,” PSB said.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan will participate in the Commonwealth Games, Islamic Games, Asian Games and then South Asian Games which Pakistan will host in March 2023.

Kristen T. Prall