The three-day 119th Annual Sports of the Government College University Lahore began at the Punjab Stadium on Wednesday. During the three-day sports activities, almost 6,000 students from 30 departments of GCU will be participating in various sports events, including athletics and gymkhana events. The GCU 119th Annual Sports ceremony began with a march past of sports contingents from various competing departments, in which a great number of foreign students and faculty members also took part.
GCU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Hassan Amir Shah said sports and co-curricular were as important as academics for the overall grooming and personality development of students, so they should be widely promoted in educational institutions right from the schools level. He said it would also help students fight the urge to engage in negative and unhealthy activities. The VC also appreciated the participation of physically-challenged students in the annual sports.
GCU Director Sports Mr Khadim Ali Khan said that their sportsmen remained busy in camps throughout the year, but the basic objective of these annual sports was involve those students who were not sportsmen in healthy sports activities. He requested that it must be declared mandatory for schools, colleges and universities to have ample sports facilities especially grounds for their students.
The highlights of the first day of activities was the 100 metre and 400 metre athletics races, both of which saw existing records smashed. In the 100m race, Ali Sukhera of Economics Department crossed the finish line breaking GCU’s thirteen-year-old record, while Waqar Younas won the 400m race and broke the university record that had stood for 32 years.
Other gymkhana events such as Ministerial Staff Race, Naib Qasid Race, Four Legged Race, Cricket Ball Throw for Girls, Pillow Fighting, Staff Children Race, Stilt Race, 60-Metre Race, Sack Race and Obstacle Race will be held at the closing ceremony at GCU Oval Ground on Friday.