BEIJING - Pakistani youth delegation reached Beijing Wednesday to visit different sports facilities as well as Beijing’s biggest Sports University.

The delegation was supposed to be headed by MNA Bilal Virk, but he failed to reach airport and he was replaced by secretary Saeed as chef-de-mission, while Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Deputy Director General Administration Mansoor Ahmed Khan along with more than top 40 athletes including Vth Asian Indoor Games silver medallist Adnan Tyrewalla, judo player Beenish Khan, Komal, Humera, former Pakistan hockey team player Majid, netball players and others were also accompanying him.

It was highly hectic day for the visiting Pakistani delegation , which arrived Beijing at 9am local time. They were taken to hotel and after spending an hour at the hotel, they were taken to different sports facilities, while Pakistan embassy officials in Beijing were also present on the occasion, the delegation visited tennis, basketball and soccer facilities and met with top Chinese players and athletes, who were highly humbled and cooperative and met with Pakistani counterparts in highly cordial and friendly environment and assured their all out help to Pakistani athletes in best possible fashion.

Sharing his views PSB DDG Admin Mansoor Ahmed Khan said: “We are going to visit Chinese top sports university and the administration had assured us of lending helping hand and signing an MoU for exchange programmes. Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) minister Riaz Pirzada is highly vocal in establishing Pakistan’s first-ever Sports University in collaboration with HEC at the PSB premises.

“The tour of top Beijing university will pave way for our athletes to learn and improve their skills just like Chinese, who have posed serious challenge to USA dominance in sports world. Our athletes are highly optimistic and looking forward to learn a lot from Chinese athletes,” he added.

“We are also planning to either base our players in China , or invite top Chinese coaches and athletes to Pakistan and take advantage from their vast and superior experiences. We can also provide Chinese counterparts with coaches and top officials in the fields of hockey, squash, tennis, wrestling, judo, belt wrestling, goresh and other fields, as we have ruled hockey and squash world,” he added.

Sharing his views, Adnan Tyrewala, who is a well-known wrestler and won a number of national and international titles for Pakistan, said it would be a great opportunity for him and other wrestlers to learn latest techniques and other athletes could also benefit from it.

“We also have almost similar facilities and infrastructure, but we lack behind due to fast changing rules and regulations and latest techniques. One thing is quite clear that we have beaten top wrestlers at international level and we are capable enough to do it future too. We have world class talent but we just need top class coaches and latest training facilities to excel at higher level,” he concluded.