Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada Monday said more facilities will be provided to young sportsmen to promote sports in the country.

Speaking at a ceremony of PTV Sports, he said players should be given incentives so they can excel in games at international level.

Secretary Information Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera said sports stars brought good name to Pakistan and they would be made hosts of sports programmes as PTV wanted to develop interest of youth in games.

He said PTV was seen across Pakistan and PTV Sports channel meant so much to people not only inside but also outside Pakistan.

He said sports stars hosting the new programmes would show the path to the younger generation as nobody could be a better guide than them.

“It has to be a concerted effort. We have to hold our hands together. We have to showcase programmes so that our youth have the desire to follow in the footsteps of stars. PTV had an advantage over others because of its viewership.”

He said, “We have to sustain the sports programming and we have requested the corporate sector to support the sports of Pakistan. We will link up with the federations and will get their support.”

Super stars Shoaib Akhtar, Hassan Sardar, Samiullah and Salahuddin also made brief marks. While video messages of Vivian Richards, Waqar Younis, Brain Lara, Herschelle Gibbs, Imran Tahir, Darren Sammy, Wahab Riaz and Muhammad Hafeez were also shown to the audience.