Pakistani trust to set up 50 sports academies

August 22nd, 2011 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Aug 22 (IANS) A Pakistani trust, which was set up in the memory of a police official who had led a hockey team to India in 2004, plans to set up 50 sports academies.

The Malik Saad Memorial Sports Trust wants to start 50 sports academies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) as part of an initiative to save youth from falling into the hands of terrorists, reported Dawn.

Priority would be accorded to Bajaur, Mohmand and Waziristan tribal agencies.

The trust was set about one-and-half-year ago in the memory of police official Malik Mohammad Saad Khan.

Malik had led provincial hockey team to India where it played friendly matches with Delhi team in 2004. The tour was so successful that the Delhi team also visited Peshawar next year.

The official died in a bomb blast in Peshawar in January 2007.

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