The fabulous farewell given to members of the Pakistani squad for the Golden Jubilee Games, at Darkhana Jamat Khan – Karachi, was entertaining and inspiring. Men and women, young and old, all, stood and cheered the athletes as they introduced themselves and told us about the events that they would participate in, wearing the green jackets, bearing the word Paksitan, in the color of gold.
Cricket, soccer, volleyball, athletics, badminton and basket ball are some of the sporting events in which the Pakistani athletes would compete. A total of ninety one (91) athletes, both genders, had been selected from across Pakistan. Not surprisingly a very large number of the athletes belong to Gilgit – Baltistan and Chitral. I was glad to see Mr Jalal Shah, from Shishkat Gojal, as the coach of Pakistan’s basket ball team. And to my delight and pride Ms Joshan Ali Panah, from Gulmit Gojal, is a member of the female volley ball team. I could see and hear athletes from Ghizar, Hunza, Gilgit city, Chitral, Sindh, Punjab, Karachi and the frontier regions.
That a large number of the athlets belong to Gilgit – Baltistan and Chitral regions means that a lot of financial support has been rendered by the Jammat of South, from variuos sources. We all know that our athletes don’t have the financial capacity to travel abroad, even if they are extremely talented. This spirit of generosity and support is a sign of hope and confidence for all of us and perfectly inline with the themes of Golden Jubilee celebrations.
The games have started in Kenya, already and would continue for another week or so. Everyone is a winner in the games so let’s not worry a lot about the ‘winners’. We just hope and wish that the athetes, when they return to their respective communities, take the message of pluralism, progress, fraternity and love and inspire the rest of us who could not be part of this historical event. “Frontierless brotherhood”, may the dream come true!