October 30, 2016: Gujranwala Electric Power Company (GEPCO) won the 47th WAPDA Inter-unit Kabaddi Circle Style Tournament-2016. Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) secured second while Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) third position in the event. The 3-day event was organized by FESCO Sports Association under the aegis of WAPDA Sports Board.
The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman/WAPDA Sports Board Patron-in-Chief Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (R) was the Chief Guest of the concluding ceremony of the Tournament, who gave away trophies and prizes to the teams securing first, second and third positions. The Chairman also announced cash prize of Rs.100,000, Rs.75,000 and Rs.50,000 for GEPCO, MEPCO and FESCO teams respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, WAPDA Chairman congratulated the players and the officials of the winning teams. He appreciated FESCO Chief Executive Officer, FESCO Sports Association and WAPDA Sports Board for organizing the event in a befitting manner. He also paid homage to the people of Faisalabad, who came to witness the final match in a large number, for their passion and love for sports.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman said that WAPDA, through its Sports Board, has been providing patronage for promotion of sports in the country for more than five decades, adding that it will continue to play this role with renewed vigor. He said that sports can be employed as an effective tool to combat extremism in the society by engaging the youth in healthy activities through different games. With this in view, WAPDA has planned to implement a comprehensive strategy, which includes various measures relating to sporting events across the country.
Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (R) said that WAPDA players have not only been showing their class at the national level but also bringing laurels to Pakistan in international competitions. WAPDA has 58 teams – 34 men and 24 women – of different games. At present, WAPDA is national champion in 25 sports and runners-up in 21 disciplines. The Chairman said that WAPDA has also introduced four initiatives in sports as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for improvement in standard of sports and betterment of players. These initiatives include ‘WAPDA Endowment Fund for Sports’ to elevate the standard of sports in Pakistan; ‘WAPDA Athletics Colts’ to promote athletics in the country; ‘Focus on Fitness and Fielding’ and ‘T-12 Cricket’ to improve fielding in Pakistan’s cricket.