LAHORE - The Punjab sports secretariat has chalked out a capacity building plan on sports under which the department has started developing infrastructure, coaches and academy at the cost of billions of rupees and by the next year another more money would be spent to complete the projects and spread it from district to tehsil and union council levels. Talking to journalists after a presentation meeting of the policy framework and strategic plan for the uplift of sports in Punjab with the provincial sports secretaries, Rao Iftikhar, newly-appointed sports secretary, said that the main focus is to develop infrastructure and when that is done, trained coaches will be provided to those facilities and academies would be raised. "This is being done to cater the growing changes in the sporting world and prepare the Pakistan athletes to come up to the challenge. "Work on the project is near completion in 36 districts of the province, which would be finished phase wise to gave gymnasiums and stadiums where students of the age of 13 to 14 years from various schools would be got involved in sports," he added. As part of the plan, he said the talented students would be given free educations from class seven to class 12 side by side getting training to the modern lines at these facilities. These players would not only be given training but would also be provided accommodation, school uniform, pick and drop facility and monthly stipend. Punjab Olympics Association president Syed Shahid Ali, secretary Idris Haider Khawaja, chairperson CM Task Force on sports Niva Usman, director sports board Ather Saeed Butt, managing director sports board Khawar Shah and secretaries of all the sports associations were also present on the occasion. "Pakistan is the only country in the world which has a greater number of youth of the age of 15 to 24 and it the requirement to turn their attention towards healthy activities," he said. "An academy equipped with latest technology has started functioning at the Sports Board Punjab and we would touch every sport including cricket and train players for the federations to utilize their talent," he added. He said that a multipurpose hall is under construction at Nashter Park Sports Complex, which would have six indoor games. The federations and associations would take full advantage of the facility without any charges, he added. He said that all the projects would complete by 2010. He further added that CM Inter-school Cup will be held at Lahore on May 8 to 21 and about 500 rooms are being constructed at the National Hockey Stadium for the players lodging and boarding. "There will also be constant monitoring of the sports programmes and players training to have an extended players pool of 14 to 16 years of age," he said.