Karachi: Secretary Softball Federation of Pakistan (SFP) Asif Azeem, who also patronizes other sports activities as well, believes there is a need to further promote sports activities among schools and colleges to groom talent at grass-root level in the country.
“Sports are a very important aspect of a healthy society and studies and recreational activities especially sports should be an integral part of a student’s life. Therefore more tournaments should be organized at school and college level to dig, groom and polish talent at grass-root level,” Asif Azeem said during the opening ceremony of 7th Ian Fyfe Memorial Inter-School League Cricket Tournament here Karachi Parsi Institute Ground.
He added that activities such as this Inter-School would help lift infrastructure of sports in the country, which subsequently would help us develop quality talent for the future.
Tournament Director Andre Bernard, S.D. Souza, Abbas Nawaz and few other sports officials were also present on the occasion.
Asif further said that it is a good thing to organize tournaments to pay tribute to sports personalities, who promoted sports in the country.
“It shows that we have deep respect for them even after they have passed away and simultaneously our players also get a chance to polish and showcase their talent,” he said.
He congratulated Bernard and his team for organizing this tournament for the successive seventh time to pay tribute to late Ian Fyfe.
In the opening match of the tournament, Saint Patrick High School recorded a 13-run triumph against Lyceum School.
Saint Patrick School batted first in the match and put on board 120 runs before losing all of their wickets in 19.5 overs. Mohammad Zohaib top scored for the side with 34 runs. Mukesh Kumar took three wickets.
In response, Lycem School scored 107 runs in 19.2 before losing all of their wickets. Shahraiz was the top score for the side with 28 runs. Ziyan Ahmed bowled lethally for the winning team capturing a four-wicket haul.