Pakistani youth festival set to set new records

After breaking several world records last year, Pakistani youngsters are gearing up to make new ones in 2014 as part of the Punjab Youth Festival.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 31, 2013, 17:32 PM IST

Lahore: After breaking several world records last year, Pakistani youngsters are gearing up to make new ones in 2014 as part of the Punjab Youth Festival.

British boxer Aamir Khan, who is of Pakistani origin, is the brand ambassador of Punjab Youth Festival 2014, the brainchild of provincial Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

According to the schedule, there will be attempts at setting world records in 25 different categories.
The event was held for the first time last year and several world records were broken and new ones were set. Two of the most popular records were ones set by students from across Pakistan.

"One was that of the largest human flag ever made and the other was of the national anthem sung by 42,813 spectators present in Qaddafi Stadium of Lahore," an official said.

In the first phase of the festival, competitions are being held in 55,200 neighbourhoods and villages.

Competitors will take part in over 300 events in 29 categories.

This phase will end in February and successful competitors in preliminary rounds will qualify for contests at the provincial level.

"When given a chance, Pakistanis can set new records in sports, they can win the hearts of millions through their acts of bravery against terrorists, like Malala Yousufzai did, and they can always come up with success stories like that of Ali Moeen Nawazish and Arfa Karim," an official of the Punjab government said.
Youngsters from the state of Indian Punjab, England, South Korea, Palestine, New Zealand, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and other countries took part in last year`s Youth Festival.