LAHORE - The participation in the Neighbourhood and Village level has crossed half a million in just four days since the start of the Punjab Youth and Sports Festival at various centres of the province.

In the city, around 50,000 youngsters took part in 30 events contested on Wednesday among the Sports and Youth Development Councils while the figure of participation in different events in other 36 districts of the province surpassed 500,000 mark.

One of the major activities of the Neighbourhood and Village level was witnessed at Iqbal Park Sports Complex where Chief Organizer PYF Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan and Malik Riaz played a badminton match besides displaying their prowess in a contest of armwrestling. Director General Sports Board and Youth Affairs Punjab Usman Anwar was also present on the occasion. They also met the players of different indoor events including badminton, volleyball and tug of war.

Cricket and some of the athletics events were also conducted on the outer grounds of the complex. In athletics, competitions were also held in 100,800 and 400 metres races and shot put.  Speaking on the occasion, Rana Mashhood pointed out that the purpose of holding the festival was to give direction to the youth of the country helping them to achieve their set goals of life.