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College tournament planned for North-West Pakistan

  • Thursday, May 18 2006 @ 03:34 am ACST
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The city of Mingora, in the Swat Valley in North-West Pakistan, will this June play host to a tournament between 4 school and college-based teams. The tournament is being held by the Tanzeem-e-Insidad-e-Manashyiate organisation (TIM), a group combating drug use through seminars, medical centres and sporting tournaments.

Mumtaz Ali Khan from TIM tells WFN that his organisation has been using sport as a tool against drugs in society since 2001-02. The connection to Australian Rules stems from his having once seen the game on television via a sports channel, becoming interested and deciding to begin the game in the Swat area - beginning with school and college level students.

The group have approached Aussie Rules International for balls and other materials, and if all runs smoothly four sides representing the Tanzeem-e-Insidad-e-Manashyiate (the Swords), the Swat Public School (the Eagles), the Jehan-Zeb College (the Dolphins) and the Government High School No3 (the Bulls) will take the field in around a month's time.

The Australian Football Federation of Pakistan can be contacted via the following:

Post: Mumtaz Ali Khan
Ishaq Muhallah
Old Post Office Road
Mingora Swat NWFP Pakistan

Phone: +92946814281
Mobile: +923005745127