LAHORE (APP): ‘Mai Hoon Sitara’, Pakistan’s first-ever sports anthem has been launched under Sports Board Punjab and Private Public Partnership.

Punjab Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti was the chief guest at a colorful launching ceremony which was held at the Punjab Stadium.

Vice-Chairman Sports Board Punjab Rao Zahid Qayyum, Secretary Sports, and Youth Affairs Punjab Fuad Hashim Rabbani, Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh, Director Admin Javed Chohan, sports stars Inam Butt (wrestler), Ahmed Shahzad, Sohail Tanveer (cricket), Saddam Hussain (football), M Ameen, singers Aima Baig, Asim Azhar, Ramis, anthem’s director Abdullah Haris and several players of other games were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the launching ceremony of the SBP anthem, Punjab Sports Minister for Sports said it is a memorable occasion and it is the first time in history that a sports anthem is being launched with the collaboration of the private sector.

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“Definitely the anthem will provide much-needed motivation and inspiration to young and emerging players of the country. It will also help a lot in the growth of sports culture in the province”, he added.

Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti said the anthem has been launched to enhance the sports passion among the young generation. “The sports culture is being promoted across the province in line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Besides this we are also making all necessary measures for the welfare of players and sports persons”, he asserted.

Vice-Chairman Sports Board Punjab Rao Zahid Qayyum on this occasion said that the sports anthem will provide a positive message for youth and our young players will take part in sports activities with a mission to earn a good name at the international level.

Singers Aima Baig, Asim Azhar, Ramis said, “We are feeling great pleasure for singing a sports anthem for Pakistan’s sports stars. They also thanked the Punjab govt and Punjab Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti for providing all necessary assistance for the recording of the sports anthem.

Sports stars Inam Butt (wrestler), Ahmed Shahzad, Sohail Tanveer (cricket), and Saddam Hussain (football) also expressed their views regarding the sports anthem.