Karachi: The city of light has gone into dark due to the rampant violence and terrorism and organizing sports events is a good response for promoting peace in Karachi, said Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, during the opening ceremony of “Wazir Ali Memorial Play for Peace Table Tennis Tournament” here Thursday.
Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui was the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony and praised the efforts of Nasra School and Karachi Youth Initiative (KYI) for organizing the table tennis event.
Siddiqui said, “Law and order in Karachi can be restored and the youth of the city can play a vital role in restoration of peace if they are provided with positive avenues like Play for Peace Table Tennis Tournament so that the youngsters consume their energy in constructive activities which will eventually lead to restoration of normalcy in the city.”
He requested the citizens of Karachi to fully support the event and also come forward and organize other such sports events for the youngsters as it teaches them mutual respect and tolerance.
As many as 448 table tennis players from 42 schools across Karachi are participating in Wazir Ali Memorial Play for Peace Table Tennis Tournament which is a three-day event at Islamia Club. 256 girls and 192 boys have been divided into 112 teams comprising of four players in each team henceforth making 64 and 48 teams of boys and girls respectively. Top Pakistani officials and referees having national and international experience will officiate the table tennis tournament.
The Managing Trustee of Nasra School, Amir Fancy, welcomed the chief guest, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, for gracing the event with his presence and highlighted the importance of sports as a healthy and competitive activity for students who represent a wide range of backgrounds.
He said, “Nasra School has joined hands with Karachi Youth Initiative to promote message of peace and tolerance through sports. Events like the tournament provide the opportunity for students from different schools to make friendships.”
KYI Spokesman, Farhan Iqbal, stated, “The Wazir Ali Memorial Play for Peace Table Tennis Tournament will allow players from diversified backgrounds to play as a unit setting aside their differences and exemplifying teamwork.”
He said that KYI understands the needs of Karachi youth and KYI is proud to initiate youth-centric programs, one after the other, proving highly engaging and beneficial for the youngsters.
Wazir Ali Memorial Play for Peace Table Tennis Tournament is yet another project of KYI to support sports events for promotion of peace, tolerance, diversity and sportsmanship, he added.
Some prominent personalities like Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Trustee and Former Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Pakistan, and well-known table tennis player, Arif Khan, also marked their presence at the opening ceremony. They lauded the efforts of the organizers and welcomed idea of promoting peace through sports.
Round matches and quarter-finals will be played on Saturday – January 25. Semi-finals and Final matches will be played on Monday – January 27. Famous singer and social activist, Shehzad Roy, will be the chief guest at the closing ceremony on Monday.