The Australian Deputy High Commissioner, Paul Molloy and General Secretary Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Col ® Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi jointly held a press conference on Thursday at a Serena Hotel Islamabad hotel to mark the successful completion of PFF’s training and skill development programs for the Pakistani youth with the financial help of Australian Government.
While talking to the media on Thursday Australian Deputy High Commissioner Paul Molloy said, ‘I am delighted that the funding helped PFF in implementing courses in eight schools at Lyari and Gilgit. He said, PFF’s projects are latest of series of sporting projects which the Australian Government has assisted over the past three years, since 2008 the Australian Government has provided more than Rs Seven million to various sporting bodies including Pakistan Cricket Board and the Pakistan Netball Federation.
He further said, ‘ encouraging the young people of Pakistan to get involved in healthy sporting activities is the key aim of the Sports Outreach Program and I feel very proud to announce that PFF’s camp has reached to about 1,678 kids which is a remarkable achievement by the PFF.
He said, it is our dream to see Pakistan became a foot balling power house, like they did in hockey, cricket and squash, that was the main reason behind providing PFF financial assistance, replying to a query regarding the transparency in utilization of funds by the Pakistan Football Federation, Paul replied, we have a check and balance system and we have monitored the whole situation and we have reached to the conclusion that PFF has utilized the provided funds in a transparent way.
PFF General Secretary, Col ® Ahmed Yar Lodhi thanked the Australian Government and the people of Australia and hoped that they will continue to provide all the required assistance to not only PFF but to all the other sporting bodies of Pakistan.