MITHI: Different events were held during the first ever Three-Day Thar Sports Festival on the outskirts of Mithi town in the desert area.
In the Thar Challenge Jeep Race, as many as many 46 racers including four female riders took part in the three different categories of the race. Aqeel Ahmed, Mir Amir Magsi , Berbark Baloch got first, and third postion during one hundred kilometres race right from Mithi to a point near Chelhar town. While in the second category Sutan Bahadar Aziz , Bismillah Magsi and Rabnawaz Joya secured three top positions by reaching their destinations in shortest time.
Hassan Jhandir, Zubair, Khizar Abbas also won their races respectively. Ms Dina Ronnie Patel and Ms Nida Wasti along with their co-drivers got the positions in the especial category. During the camel race as many over one hundred riders from across the desert region and other parts if the province participated at the venue and those got positions included Mohammad Amin Rind, Prem Bajeer and Narsumal Bheel respectively.
During the marathon race more thaan sixty athletes took part and those attained positions included Narsing, Geno Kolhi and Sarwan Bheel respectively got first, second and third positions and in horse race number of the eminent horse riders from across the province and the horses of Mohammad Khan Junejo, got first position while the horses of Pir Pappu Shah and Haji Khan Chandio got the second and third positions respectively during the race.
During the Malkkhara contest which was also held at the same desert venue, Ali Asghar Halepoto, Abdullah Pathan, Bhammro Bheel, Naserullah Sheedi and others defeated their rivals and secured positions.
While, the organizer and the Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Sports, Arbab Lutufullah speaking to the media persons said that the festival had got huge success due to massive participation of the racers and players from across the country and added that such events would go a long way in promoting new trends in the desert district. “ We have arranged the festival with a view to promote the healthy sports activities” he added and hoped that next year they would invite the racers from other countries.
Arbab said that every participant had highly lauded the hardwood he and team members had done to make the event worth seeing . He said that it was his dream to have organized such more events in future at different locations of Thar. He said that Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah would arrive in Mithi on Sunday and would give away the prizes among the winners of all contests on the third day.
Nida Wasti, the known car racer of the country said that she had never seen such a beautiful place to organize such grand events with huge participant in serene desert. She said that she would also invite her friends from Pakistan and other countries. Ms Dina Patel also lauded the efforts of Arbab Lutuf and other for arranging such a wonderful festival with many features and contests. “
Thar is the land of beautiful culture and great hospitality” she added and said that such events would greatly promote healthy activities including tourism and attract people from across the country and beyond. Arbab Ameer Amanullah said that they were happy see the people in the large number in their home district. He hoped that Sindh government would organize such more such events.