Transgender People Sports Festival held in Peshawar

By: News Desk      Published: 11:45 AM, 14 Oct, 2020
Transgender People Sports Festival held in Peshawar

Members of the transgender community took part in a string of games to mark the annual Transgender People Sports Festival held at Qayyum Stadium in Peshawar.

More than 50 transgender persons participated in different games including cricket, tug-of-war, football, badminton, cycling, athletics and musical chairs.

The organisers of the sports gala said that transgender persons are not promoted in many fields. This event has also been organized for their entertainment. Competition position holders will then compete in other districts.

At the end of the games, cash prizes, medals and trophies worth Rs1.9 million were distributed among the participants at Qayyum Sports Stadium.

Overwhelming enthusiasm witnessed among the transgender players along with other participants and the spectators.

Prominent transgender Ayan Ali alias Dolphin clinched gold and silver medals in different fields. Ayan, who studied in Edwards College Peshawar and is civil engineer, beat her rivals in archery competition by securing 110 points and bagging gold medal.

Another player, Tweety scored 90 points and got the silver medal whereas Sobia secured third position in the archery contest.

In the musical chairs game, Sobia Khan got gold medal followed by Shaista and Areen securing silver and bronze respectively.

In the cycling competition, transgender who goes by name Spogmay won gold medal by covering one kilometre distance in two minutes and 55 seconds followed by Irfan who secured second position and Javeria came third.

In the tug-of-war game, Sobia Jan of Peshawar team defeated Paro XI team by 2-1. Sobia XI team secured the victory and grabbed the gold medal and the winner’s trophy.

In the cricket match, Zara XI beat Paro XI by four wickets.

Sport competitions were held for the transgender community to engage them in healthy activities.

A total of 250 transgender players from across the province participated in the event.