LAHORE - Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that sports events are the source of providing healthy recreation to the youth besides discovering fresh talent for the national teams and raising the standards of sports in general.

In his message to the organisers of the 32nd National Games to be held here in the city from October 21 to 27, the Prime Minster said: "I am sure that the competitions will also produce new talent to join the ranks of national team. Sports represent soft power of a country and it must be our earnest effort to regain our place in the sports map."

He said the present democratic government was committed to provide all facilities to the young sportspersons. "Our youth has to excel in fields through their hard work and commit to bring glory to the nation."

The Prime Minister said that he felt that such competitions should be arranged for our athletes to polish their talent and skills to achieve excellence in their respective fields. "I hope that the forthcoming National Games will attract the best of our talent and also provide a great deal of festivity to the spectators besides cementing inter-provincial harmony," he added.