ISLAMABAD - The four-time Olympic gold medallist and the President of Right To Play, an international sport for development organization, Johann Olav Koss, who arrived here on Tuesday, visited Mardan and interacted with school children and members of the community. The speed skating world champion who hit the media headlines in 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics, uses sports as a tool for development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Addressing a large community gathering at Mardan, Johann informed the community about the positive outcomes of sports and assured them of all possible support. He motivated them to become the catalyst of social change and encourage youth to participate in healthy activities to foster peace and friendship in the region. Dr Ahsaan Ali, Vice Chancellor of Khan Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, also addressed the gathering. In his welcome speech, Dr. Ahsaan vowed to help out the Right To Play initiative in Mardan district and extended his full support from the University platform to promote the cause of Right To Play in every corner of the region. Earlier, Johann Olav Koss visited Centennial Girls Model School along with Laila Anderson and Iqbal Jatoi, the Contrary Manager, Right To Play Pakistan. Johann mixed with the children and passionately replied to their questions. He stressed upon the children the importance of education and life skills and motivated the youth to become committed leaders. Right To Play has so far extended its programme to 50 schools out of which 25 schools are in Takht Bhai and 25 in Mardan Tehsil. Each school has one trained coach who is paid by Right To Play. The organisation has created employment opportunities for both male and female coaches in the district and is helping a great deal in promoting sport for development at grass-roots level. A local teacher of the school while speaking on the occasion admitted the fact that sports development interventions of Right to Play were instrumental in the increase of school intake and better results. Johann along with Right To Play team members also visited Government High School Shah Bag in the suburb of Mardan. Mukammil Khan the school Principal admitted that no other programme has such a resounding response from children and community and requested Johann to continue with their support for students and scale up the programme to other schools of the district. Johann who was declared as one of 100 leaders of tomorrow by Time magazine and one of 1000 Global Leaders by World Economic Forum was very much moved to meet the community and student leaders who are greatly benefited due to holistic development international programme of Right To Play through sport and games.