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Squash player Toor vows to establish sports fund for disadvantaged youth

Pakistani sports star urges parents to give equal opportunities and support to their children

Gulf News

Lahore: Internationally renowned woman Pakistani squash player and a member of International Olympic Committee’s women commission, Maria Toor Pakai, has vowed to establish a sports fund for underprivileged boys and girls in Pakistan.

She urged parents to give equal opportunities and support to their children, especially daughters, when choosing sports of their choice.

She expressed these views at a meeting with the CEO and emerging leader of Global Sports Mentoring Programme, Rabia Qadir here yesterday.

She also accepted an invitation to become a member of advisory board of Galaxy Sports Academy (GSA) .

The two sportswomen exchanged views about work that needs to be done for the promotion of sports in the youth especially girls.

Toor said she was planning to establish a sports fund for needy children who have the potential to become sports stars, but don’t have the resources. For that purpose she will seek government help as well as private donations, she said.

Qadir, a former international hockey player and a technical official, briefed Toor about the work she is doing for underprivileged girls and her project to “Empower Women Through Sports”.

She revealed plans to provide better opportunities to the youth of Pakistan in the field of sports.

Both sports stars agreed that, to promote sports for girls, there was need to train more female coaches, so that parents have less reservations in sending their daughters to play sports.

Toor praised the work of Galaxy Sports Academy under the patronage of Rabia Qadir who herself represented Pakistan in the field of hockey.