GCU To Compile Its Sports History
Lahore: The Government College University Lahore has teamed up with legend Old Ravians to compile its glorious 146-year sports history. The decision to bring on record the services of GCU sports legends was taken at a meeting of GCU officials with former Olympians and gold medallists including Munir Dar, Javed Zaman Khan, Imtiaz Ahmed and Naqi Mohsin. GCU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Aftab chaired the meeting. The meeting decided that the Indian Old Ravians, who have participated in subcontinent games before 1947, would also be taken on board for the crucial task.
Professor Khalid Aftab said that the Government College University always provided full encouragement to sports right from the beginning. “Our sports history can be traced from the 1931-32 session when GC became the overall champion and won the general trophy of the Punjab University for the first time,” he said.
The vice chancellor said that the GC won 12 times overall general trophy and secured runners up positions four times from 1931 to 1947. During the period, GC produced a number of outstanding sportsmen who not only brought honour to their alma mater but also had the distinction of representing India in Olympics and various other international sports events. After Independence, GC kept on its outstanding traditions in the field of sports and maintained its excellence and edge over the rival institutions and won the general all-round trophy 20 times and remained runner’s up for 22 times from 1947-48 till 1988-89 in national games, Prof. Khalid Aftab said.
He said that GCU still has a leading position in sports, adding that Ravians have won the inter-universities hockey and bodybuilding championships this year besides securing positions in the other sports. The vice chancellor said that GCU is also giving special scholarships to sportsmen for their encouragement.
Addressing the meeting, former Olympian Munir Dar appreciating the efforts of GCU Sports Board took full responsibility of complying the record of Old Ravian hockey players who have represented sub-continent and later Pakistan after independence since 1928 Hockey Olympics till date. Mr. Dar specially gave reference of Mr. Jafar Shah who received Gold Medal in Hockey in 1932 and 1936.
Former Captain Pakistan Cricket Team Mr. Imtiaz Ahmed while said that list of GCU Roll of Honour in Sports awardees have been complied and it would be extremely helpful to gather the required information.
Chief Minister Task Force for Sports Chairman Chaudary Muhammad Yaqoob suggested that the role of coaches and team managers should also be highlighted in the history.
Later, the vice chancellor announced forming the committees and sub-committees of various games for compiling the data.
Dr. Ijaz Ahmed, Najum Latif, Col(r) Saeed Ahmed Khan and Prof Ahmed Hussain also attended the meeting.